Taxon  Report   2908    
Eleocharis atropurpurea  (Retz.) J. Presl & C. Presl
Purple spikerush
Eleocharis atropurpurea
© 2003 Steve Matson
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Eleocharis atropurpurea, a monocot, is an annual grasslike herb that is native to California, is also found elsewhere in North America and beyond.

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Eleocharis atropurpurea
© 2003 Steve Matson
Genus: Eleocharis
Communities: weed, characteristic of disturbed places, wetland-riparian

Wetlands: Occurs usually in wetlands, occasionally in non wetlands

Habitat: disturbed

Name Status:
Accepted by JEF + PLANTS

Alternate Names:
PLANTS: Eleocharis multiflora
PLANTS: Scirpus atropurpureus
More information about  Eleocharis atropurpurea
Nursery / seed vendor availability from CNPLX
Commercial availability unknown.
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Suggested Citation
Calflora: Information on California plants for education, research and conservation, with data contributed by public and private institutions and individuals, including the Consortium of California Herbaria. [web application]. 2019. Berkeley, California: The Calflora Database [a non-profit organization]. Available:   (Accessed: Jan 22, 2019).