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Template:Italic title Template:Taxobox Eleocharis quinqueflora is a species of spikesedge known by the common name fewflower spikerush. It is widespread across Europe, North Africa, northern Asia (Siberia, China, Kazakhstan, Himalayas, etc.), and North America (Canada, Greenland, northern and western US). There are also isolated populations in Argentina and Chile.<ref>Kew World Checklist of Selected Plant Families</ref><ref>Biota of North America Program, 2013 county distribution map</ref><ref>Altervista Flora Italiana, Giunchina a 5 fiori, Eleocharis quinqueflora (Hartman) Schwarz includes photos plus distribution maps for Europe and North America</ref><ref>Boulos, L. (2005). Flora of Egypt 4: 1-617. Al Hadara Publishing, Cairo.</ref><ref>Takhtajan, A.L. (ed.) (2006). Conspectus Florae Caucasi 2: 1-466. Editio Universitatis Petropolitanae.</ref><ref>Jermy, C., Simpson, D., Foley, M. & Porter, M. (2007). Sedges of the British Isles. B.S.B.I. Handbook No. 1 , ed. 3: 1-554. Botanical Society of the British Isles, London.</ref><ref>Govaerts, R. & Simpson, D.A. (2007). World Checklist of Cyperaceae. Sedges: 1-765. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.</ref><ref>Dobignard, D. & Chatelain, C. (2010). Index synonymique de la flore d'Afrique du nord 1: 1-455. Éditions des conservatoire et jardin botaniques, Genève. </ref><ref>Zuloaga, F. O., O. N. Morrone, M. J. Belgrano, C. Marticorena & E. Marchesi. (eds.) 2008. Catálogo de las plantas vasculares del Cono Sur. Monographs in systematic botany from the Missouri Botanical Garden 107(1–3): i–xcvi, 1–3348. </ref>

Eleocharis quinqueflorais a resident of wet meadows, bogs, hot springs, and other moist places. This is a rhizomatous perennial approaching a maximum height of 40 centimeters. The thin, flattened stems are surrounded by papery reddish to green leaf sheaths and topped with dark inflorescences. The spikelet is lance-shaped to oval and less than a centimeter long. It contains two to seven flowers, each of which is covered with a brown or black bract. The fruit is a yellow-brown achene two or three millimeters long.<ref>Flora of North America, Eleocharis quinqueflora (Hartmann) O. Schwarz, Mitt. Thüring. Bot. Ges. 1: 89. 1949. </ref>

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