Slender Spike-rush - Eleocharis uniglumis

    Description

    It is similar to a slim form of Common Spike-rush, but has shinier stems, which are rarely more than 1 mm thick, and has redder tinged lower sheaths. The lowest glume almost encircles the spikelet base.

    Identification difficulty
    Recording advice

    The County Recorder has asked for a specimen of this plant to be retained for verification

    Habitat

    Wet meadows.

    When to see it

    Flowers May to July.

    Life History

    Perennial.

    UK Status

    Widespread in Britain but often coastal and never common.

    VC55 Status

    Rare in Leicestershire and Rutland. It was not recorded in the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map