Kentucky Nature Preserves Rare Plants

Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission

Bright Green Spikerush
Eleocharis flavescens
Family: Cyperaceae

Protection Status:
State Status:  S
USFWS Status: {null}

Global Rank: G5
State Rank: S1?

Streambanks, open wet areas and marshes.

Species Description:
Perennial herb.

Flowering Period: Early June to late October.

Additional Information at NatureServe

Diagnostic Characteristics:
This spikerush is bright green and the leaf sheath has loose scarious tips. The spikelets are small, 2-7 mm, have few-flowers and few scales (<20). The achenes are blackish (when mature). This plant also goes by the name Elocharis olivacea .

Avoid changes in moisture/hydrologic conditions at the site. Changes could result from overstory removal, stream/wetland alteration or impacts due to erosion.

Global Range:

Known Kentucky Occurrences:

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Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission
801 Teton Trail
Frankfort,KY 40601
Phone: (502) 573-2886
Fax: (502) 573-2355
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