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Eleocharis quinqueflora (Hartmann) O. Schwarz
fewflower spikerush

General Information
Symbol: ELQU2
Group: Monocot
Family: Cyperaceae
Duration: Perennial
Growth Habit: Graminoid
Native Status: AK   N
GL   N
L48   N
Data Source and Documentation
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Native Status:
lower 48 status L48    Alaska status AK    Hawaii status HI    Puerto Rico status PR    Virgin Islands status VI    Navassa Island NAV    Canada status CAN    Greenland status GL    Saint Pierre and Michelon status SPM    North America NA   


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Robert H. Mohlenbrock. USDA NRCS. 1992. Western wetland flora: Field office guide to plant species. West Region, Sacramento. Provided by USDA NRCS Wetland Science Institute (WSI). Usage Requirements.

USDA NRCS. Wetland flora: Field office illustrated guide to plant species. USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. Provided by NRCS National Wetland Team. Usage Requirements.

Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913. An illustrated flora of the northern United States, Canada and the British Possessions. 3 vols. Charles Scribner's Sons, New York. Vol. 1: 327. Provided by Kentucky Native Plant Society. Scanned by Omnitek Inc. Usage Requirements.



Symbol Scientific Name
ELBE2 Eleocharis bernardina Munz & I.M. Johnst.
ELPA6 Eleocharis pauciflora (Lightf.) Link
ELPAB Eleocharis pauciflora (Lightf.) Link var. bernardina (Munz & I.M. Johnst.) Svens.
ELPAF Eleocharis pauciflora (Lightf.) Link var. fernaldii Svens.
ELQUF Eleocharis quinqueflora (Hartmann) O. Schwarz ssp. fernaldii (Svens.) Hultén
ELQUB Eleocharis quinqueflora (Hartmann) O. Schwarz var. bernardina (Munz & I.M. Johnst.) S. González & P.M. Peterson
SCPA15 Scirpus pauciflorus Lightf.
SCQU4 Scirpus quinqueflorus Hartmann


Click on a scientific name below to expand it in the PLANTS Classification Report.
Rank Scientific Name and Common Name
Kingdom Plantae – Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta – Vascular plants
Superdivision Spermatophyta – Seed plants
Division Magnoliophyta – Flowering plants
Class Liliopsida – Monocotyledons
Subclass Commelinidae
Order Cyperales
Family Cyperaceae – Sedge family
Genus Eleocharis R. Br. – spikerush
Species Eleocharis quinqueflora (Hartmann) O. Schwarz – fewflower spikerush

Subordinate Taxa

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Legal Status

Threatened and Endangered Information:
This plant is listed by the U.S. federal government or a state. Common names are from state and federal lists. Click on a place name to get a complete protected plant list for that location.
Eleocharis pauciflora
few-flowered spike rush
few-flowered spikerush
few-flowered spike-sedge
New Hampshire
Eleocharis pauciflora var. fernaldii
few-flowered spike-rush
New Jersey
Eleocharis pauciflora
few-flower spike-rush
Eleocharis pauciflora
few-flowered spikerush
Eleocharis pauciflora var. fernaldii
few-flowered spike-rush
Eleocharis pauciflora
few-flowered spikerush

Wetland Status

Interpreting Wetland Status

North America
Alaska OBL
Arid West OBL
Eastern Mountains and Piedmont OBL
Great Plains OBL
Midwest OBL
Northcentral & Northeast OBL
Western Mountains, Valleys, and Coast OBL



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Description of Values

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