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Eleocharis ovata (Roth) Roemer & J.A. Schultes. Phen: Jun-Oct. Hab: Freshwater drying shores, lake and stream beds, bogs, tidal estuarine shores, disturbed areas. Dist: NL (Labrador), ON, and MN south to NJ, MD, DE, PA, VA, KY, MO, and OK; scattered in w. United States. Also known from one collection in MS (see comments below). Reported for VA in FNA; documentation needing verification.

ID notes:Refer to Larson and Catling (1996) for an in-depth discussion on the differences between Eleocharis ovata and Eleocharis obtusa; these differences could be further tested throughout the mid-Atlantic.

Origin/Endemic status: Native

Other Comments: Known from one collection in MS along Enid Lake mud flat drawdowns (Yalobusha County; C. Bryson 23021; VSU), examined by both Richard Carter and Scott Ward.

Synonymy: = F, FNA23, G, Il, K1, Mi, NY; = n/a – Pa, Tat; < Eleocharis obtusa (Willd.) Schult. – K3; < Eleocharis ovata (Roth) Roem. & Schult. – C, Mo1

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Wetland Indicator Status:

  • Atlantic and Gulf Coastal Plain: OBL (taxonomic split from wetland indicator species)
  • Eastern Mountains and Piedmont: OBL (taxonomic split from wetland indicator species)
  • Great Plains: OBL (taxonomic split from wetland indicator species)
  • Midwest: OBL (taxonomic split from wetland indicator species)
  • Northcentral & Northeast: OBL (taxonomic split from wetland indicator species)

Heliophily: 9

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image of plant© Erik Danielson source | Original Image ⭷
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image of plant© Erik Danielson source | Original Image ⭷
image of plant© Scott Ward | Original Image ⭷
image of plant© Scott Ward | Original Image ⭷
image of plant© Erik Danielson source
image of plant© Erik Danielson source | Original Image ⭷

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