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Eleocharis confervoides (Poiret) Steudel. Websteria. Phen: Sep-Nov. Hab: Submersed or floating in lakes and ponds. Dist: AL, GA, and FL; West Indies; Central and South America; Asia; Africa; n. Australia.

Origin/Endemic status: Native

Taxonomy Comments: This taxon, often segregated into the monotypic genus Websteria, is widely distributed in tropical and subtropical regions of both hemispheres. Its retention in Eleocharis is supported by multiple molecular and phylogenetic studies showing Websteria to be embedded within Eleocharis. Numerous morphological characters, that while unique to spikerushes in our flora, share overlap with other species distributed in South America and Africa (Roalson & Friar 2000; Hinchliff et al. 2010).

Synonymy: = K3, K4; = Scirpus confervoides Poir.; = Websteria confervoides (Poir.) S.S.Hooper – FNA23, GW1, K1, WH3; > Websteria submersa (C.Wright) Britton – S, S13

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Wetland Indicator Status:

  • Atlantic and Gulf Coastal Plain: OBL

Heliophily ?: 9

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image of plant© Scott Ward | Original Image ⭷
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