Eleocharis baldwinii

Common Name(s): Road-grass

Native to Florida

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This small sedge has 2 growth forms. It may be encountered as very short “grass” covering moist areas, or it may be found as a tangled mass of stems submersed in the water. Looking closely you’ll see that many of the stems are tipped with single tiny spikerush spikelets, which often sprout and grow right on the parent plant. Road-grass is eaten by birds. This Eleocharis species is one of 30 that occur in Florida (Wunderlin, 2003). Road-grass is found in southeastern U.S. (Kartesz, 1999).

Road-grass is a sedge. Stems slender, short and erect, or long and tangled, submersed or growing on shore, 2-8 in. long; leaf blades none, just barely recognizable sheaths; inflorescence tiny, narrow, few flowers, wider than stem.