Eleocharis quinqueflora

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Fewflower spikerush
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Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Monocots
Clade: Commelinids
Order: Poales
Family: Cyperaceae
Genus: Eleocharis
Species: E. quinqueflora
Binomial name
Eleocharis quinqueflora
(Hartmann) O. Schwarz

Eleocharis bernardina
Eleocharis pauciflora
and many more

Eleocharis quinqueflora is a species of spikesedge known by the common names fewflower spikerush[1] and few-flowered spike-rush.[2] It is widespread across Europe, North Africa, northern Asia (Siberia, China, Kazakhstan, Himalayas, etc.), and North America (Canada, Greenland, northern and western US). There are also isolated populations in Argentina and Chile.[3][4][5][6][7][8][9][10][11]

Eleocharis quinqueflorais a resident of wet meadows, bogs, hot springs, and other moist places. This is a rhizomatous perennial approaching a maximum height of 40 centimeters. The thin, flattened stems are surrounded by papery reddish to green leaf sheaths and topped with dark inflorescences. The spikelet is lance-shaped to oval and less than a centimeter long. It contains two to seven flowers, each of which is covered with a brown or black bract. The fruit is a yellow-brown achene two or three millimeters long.[12]


  1. ^ "Eleocharis quinqueflora". Natural Resources Conservation Service PLANTS Database. USDA. Retrieved 18 January 2016. 
  2. ^ "BSBI List 2007". Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland. Archived from the original (xls) on 2015-01-25. Retrieved 2014-10-17. 
  3. ^ Kew World Checklist of Selected Plant Families
  4. ^ Biota of North America Program, 2013 county distribution map
  5. ^ Altervista Flora Italiana, Giunchina a 5 fiori, Eleocharis quinqueflora (Hartman) Schwarz includes photos plus distribution maps for Europe and North America
  6. ^ Boulos, L. (2005). Flora of Egypt 4: 1-617. Al Hadara Publishing, Cairo.
  7. ^ Takhtajan, A.L. (ed.) (2006). Conspectus Florae Caucasi 2: 1-466. Editio Universitatis Petropolitanae.
  8. ^ Jermy, C., Simpson, D., Foley, M. & Porter, M. (2007). Sedges of the British Isles. B.S.B.I. Handbook No. 1 , ed. 3: 1-554. Botanical Society of the British Isles, London.
  9. ^ Govaerts, R. & Simpson, D.A. (2007). World Checklist of Cyperaceae. Sedges: 1-765. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  10. ^ Dobignard, D. & Chatelain, C. (2010). Index synonymique de la flore d'Afrique du nord 1: 1-455. Éditions des conservatoire et jardin botaniques, Genève.
  11. ^ Zuloaga, F. O., O. N. Morrone, M. J. Belgrano, C. Marticorena & E. Marchesi. (eds.) 2008. Catálogo de las plantas vasculares del Cono Sur. Monographs in systematic botany from the Missouri Botanical Garden 107(1–3): i–xcvi, 1–3348.
  12. ^ Flora of North America, Eleocharis quinqueflora (Hartmann) O. Schwarz, Mitt. Thüring. Bot. Ges. 1: 89. 1949.

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