Eriocaulon or Eleocharis?

November 2nd, 2006

After the last weekend’s GWAPA meeting, a few of us headed out to a drainage ditch, where there were supposedly a few eriocaulon plants to be found. We wound our way through some of the more rural parts surrounding Leesburg, VA, until we finally came to this run-off ditch, pictured below.

Sure enough, we found a number of plants there resembling an eriocaulon species. So, we dug one or two out to try in our tanks. I was currently without tank space to dedicate to this, so I left the task up to a few other GWAPA members. Pictured below is a bad picture of what we pulled out. Upon further inspection, it seems unclear whether this actually is one of the rare eriocaulon decangulare species found in Virginia, or whether it’s just an eleocharis species. If anyone has any insight, please speak up.

3 Responses to “Eriocaulon or Eleocharis?”

  1. Jeff Says:

    Do you have a photo of you shoe!?!?!LOL! What we collect is eleocharis of some type. Oh well we had fun anyway!

  2. Sean McCandless Says:

    Eleocharis obtusa is what it looks like to me. Especially with the way the top seed/flower area is. I am not real familiar with the eriocautlon however.
    Great site! I love the photographs.

  3. guitarfish Says:

    Yeah, this was definitely an Eleocharis. It’s actually funny looking back at this now. It seems so obvious that it’s not an Eriocaulon! Thanks for the comment.