Eleocharis quinqueflora

Tracheophyta MagnoliopsidaCyperaceaeEleocharisEleocharis quinqueflora


A perennial herb of base-rich marshes and fens, calcareous flushes on peaty soils, stony and muddy areas with seeping water, wet paths and short turf on banks; also in coastal cliff-flushes, dune-slacks and in the upper parts of saltmarshes. It requires open sites and is often dependent on grazing, cutting or disturbance. 0-915 m (Atholl, E. Perth).



World Distribution

European Boreo-temperate element; also in C. and E. Asia and N. America.

Broad Habitats

Fen, marsh and swamp (not wooded)

Light (Ellenberg): 9

Moisture (Ellenberg): 9

Reaction (Ellenberg): 7

Nitrogen (Ellenberg): 2


Salt Tolerance (Ellenberg): 0

January Mean Temperature (Celsius): 3.1

July Mean Temperature (Celsius): 13.5

Annual Precipitation (mm): 1323

Life form information

Height (cm): 30

Perennation - primary


Life Form - primary




Clonality - primary

Rhizome shortly creeping

Distribution information

Count of 10km squares in Great Britain: 1236

Count of 10km squares in Ireland: 267

Count of 10km squares in the Channel Isles: 4

Atlas Change Index: 0.02

Weighted Changed Factor: -1

Weighted Change Factor Confidence (90%)


Distribution information

JNCC Designations


PLANTATT - Attributes of British and Irish plants. (.zip 1455KB) This dataset was compiled and published in 2004, and last updated in November 2008. Download includes an Excel spreadsheet of the attributes, and a PDF explaining the background and nomenclature. Note that the PDF version is the booklet as published, whereas the Excel spreadsheet incorporates subsequent corrections. A hardcopy can be purchased from the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology.

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