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Eleocharis erythropoda  Steud.
Russell County, Kansas
Height: To 28 inches
Family: Cyperaceae - Sedge Family
Flowering Period:   May, June, July, August, September
Also Called: Bald spikerush.
Culms: Erect, slender, round in cross-section, reddish-purple at base.
Leaves: Small bladeless sheaths near base of culm, red or dark brown.
Inflorescences: Spikelet, solitary, terminal, lance-shaped or narrowly egg-shaped, 1/5 to 7/10 inch long, many-flowered; tip pointed.
Flowers: Perfect; fertile scales ovate to lanceolate, closely appressed, brown or straw-colored with light midrib; margins transparent; tips blunt; lowest scale sterile, completely encircling culm; bristles 0-4, as long as achenes; styles 2-cleft.
Fruits: Achene, tiny, narrowly egg-shaped, 2-sided, yellow, becoming dark brown with age, 1-seeded.
Habitat: Margins of streams and ponds, lake shores, ditches, marshy meadows, and wet prairies; usually standing in water.
Distribution: Throughout Kansas.
Comments: Red-based spikesedge has reddish rhizomes and stolons.

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