• Don Yurewicz

Spike Rush (Eleocharis spp.)


Emergent Spike Rush - the brown spiked seed heads at the top of the plant are typical of the plant (photo Don Yurewicz)


Some species of spike rush are erect and emergent (see photos here), while others are more grass-like and submerged. The emergent species are easily identifiable by brown spiked seed heads at the top of the plant. They are often eaten by birds and may not be present. (excerpted from "Aquatic Plants Aquatic Plants & Algae of New Hampshire’s Lakes and Ponds).


The emergent species of spike rush are common in shallow perimeter of the lake.

Emergent spike rush in Turtle Cove (photo Don Yurewicz)



Underwater view of the submerged portion of emergent spike rush in Turtle Cove (photo Don Yurewicz)


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