Common Spike-rush - Eleocharis palustris


    A plant from 10 to 60 cm in height, with far creeping rhizomes, sometimes forming tufts, and can form large stands. Terminal spikelet 5 to 20 mm, ovoid to cylindrical.

    Identification difficulty

    Damp grasslands, marshes and the margins of ponds and streams.

    When to see it

    May to July.

    Life History


    UK Status

    Widespread and quite frequent throughout Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Frequentin Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 179 of the 617 tetrads.

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    Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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