Slender Spike-rush - Eleocharis uniglumis


    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


    Wet meadows.

    When to see it

    Flowers May to July.

    Life History


    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

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    Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
    Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

    UK Map