Few-flower Spikerush - Eleocharis quinqueflora
Eleocharis pauciflora, Eleocharis suksdorfiana
MNPS Threat Rank
Short-rhizomatous perennial. Stems erect, 5–25 cm, tufted. Spikelet 4–8 mm long with ca. 5 flowers. Scales brown to purple, 3–6 mm long, the lowest larger. Flowers: bristles absent or 3 to 6, longer or shorter than the achene; stigmas 3. Achenes brown, smooth, narrowly obovate, 3-sided, 2–3 mm long including the conical tubercle confluent with the body (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX)
Lesica (2012) treats this species as Eleocharis pauciflora
(L.) Roem. & Schult.
Moist to wet, often peaty, often calcareous soil of fens, wet meadows, seeps; montane to rarely alpine (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX)