Jul. 25, 2020

common spikerush, Eleocharis palustris

Two reasons not to overlook spikerushes. Thet are important wetland plants. And if we're going to do the botany stuff, we shouldn't avoid the tough stuff. But I do. Spike rushes don't do much to catch your eye, and for me they've been terrible to identify. It's the old 'they all look alike' thing. So now I've read what Flora of North America has to say. "Classification of Eleocharis is unusually difficult." "No recent comprehensive taxonomic treatment of Eleocharis is available." So I guess misery, incomprehension, and avoidance all love company. Still, sooner or later we should attend to spikerushes. After all, most of us eat some. Water chestnuts! Common spikerush grows in wetlands in every state except FL and HI, all provinces, and on GL and SPM. Ives Fen Preserve, Lenawee Co MI, 6/7/12. Sedge family, Cyperaceae.