Knoblike Spikesedge
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Knoblike Spikesedge
A Native Photo: Anushree Tendolkar
Common name: Knoblike Spikesedge
Botanical name: Eleocharis geniculata    Family: Cyperaceae (Sedge family)
Synonyms: Cyperus capitatus, Eleocharis capitata, Eleogenus capitatus

Knoblike Spikesedge is an annual herb growing to a maximum height of about 40 cm. It has a few straw-colored leaves and many thin erect stems. The stems hold knob-like spikelets, 3-5 x 3-3.5 mm, each containing at least 10 tiny flowers. The flowers are covered with dark greenish-brown bracts. The fruit is a shiny purple-brown achene not more than a millimeter long. Knoblike Spikesedge is found near shallow water margins at trail edges, sandy coastal habitats, ponds, standing water, and is widely distributed across the tropical and subtropical world.

Identification credit: Ankush Dave Photographed in Umred, Nagpur, Maharashtra & Morena, Madhya Padesh.

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