Jul. 26, 2020

goldenseed spikerush, Eleocharis elliptica

Just to prove that spikerush avoidance is over, here's another. These were little plants, like most of their kind. They are minimalists. No petals, no leaves, just roots, a stem and a flowering/fruiting head. It works! Or at least until Lake Michigan gets a couple of feet higher. These would be under that water now. Near as I can tell these are E. elliptica. Lacking seeds and magnification, It's hard to be sure when the plants are flowering, and there are no seeds. So there's a photographer's rationalization for avoiding spikerushes. But we're not doing that anymore, right? Goldenseed spikerush grows in CT, IA, ID, IL, IN, KY, MA, ME, MI, MN, MO, MT, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA(E), RI, VA, WA, WI, WY, AB, BC, MB, NB, NF, NS, ON, PE, QC, SK, and on SPM. Mackinac Co MI, 5/28/17. Sedge family, Cyperaceae.