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Eleocharis quinqueflora

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Eleocharis quinqueflora is a species of spikesedge known by the common names fewflower spikerush<ref>Template:PLANTS</ref> and few-flowered spike-rush.<ref name=BSBI07>Template:Cite web</ref> 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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