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Eleocharis microcarpa Torr.
Smallfruit spikerush

Family: Cyperaceae

Group: Monocot

Substrate: Terrestrial

Habit: Herb

Perennation: Annual

Native Range: Eastern United States, the West Indies and northern South America.

Map of select IRC data for peninsular Florida

IRC SOUTH FLORIDA Status: Critically Imperiled

SOUTH FLORIDA Occurrence: Present

SOUTH FLORIDA Native Status: Native

South Florida History and Distribution: Recorded as Presumed Extirpated in Rare Plants of South Florida (Gann et al. 2002, p 78), based on a last know collection from the vicinity of Fort Myers in 1917. Rediscovered in South Florida in 2004 by Steve Woodmansee and Jimi Sadle at Prairie Pines Preserve, Lee County and reported as collected in Lee County in 2006 and 2007, and at Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary in Collier County (Wilder & McCollom 2018).

SOUTH FLORIDA Cultivated Status: Not Cultivated

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Other data on Eleocharis microcarpa available from :

Eleocharis microcarpa has been found in the following 2 conservation areas :
Occurrence Native Status
Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary Present Native
Prairie Pines Preserve Present Native

Eleocharis microcarpa has been found in the following 3 counties :
Occurrence Native Status
Charlotte County Recorded as Present in Error
Collier County Native
Lee County Native

Eleocharis microcarpa has been found in the following 4 habitats :
Depression Marsh
Disturbed Wetland
Dome Swamp
Strand Swamp