Photographer: Kitty Kohout
Eleocharis palustris (L.) Roem. & Schult.
common spike-rush, marsh spike-rush
Eleocharis: Greek elos for "marsh" and charis for grace, referring to marsh plant
palustris: "of marshes"
|Plant: ||erect, perennial, 4"-40" tall, semi-aquatic, emergent sedge, alone or in spaced cluster; from rhizomes|
|Flower: ||in spiral covered by brownish scales; inflorescence solitary pointed spikelet|
|Fruit:||gold brown nutlet with half of top covered with a cap|
|Leaf:||sheaths as base of stem|
|Habitat: ||wet; marshes, ditches, shores, water to 6' deep|