Common Spike-rush - Eleocharis palustris

    Description

    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.

    Habitat

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

    When to see it

    May to July.

    Life History

    Perennial.

    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.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map