Eriocaulon compressum Lam. - Flattened Pipewort


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Eriocaulon compressum - (image 1 of 5)



Family: Eriocaulaceae


Still, shallow water. This specimen was found growing on a sphagnum mat bordering a river in the NJ Pine Barrens.


This plant was growing with Sphagnum spp., Drosera rotundifolia, Drosera intermedia, Iris versicolor, Sarracenia purpurea, Viola lanceolata, Vaccinium macrocarpon.


Southern NJ south to FL and TX.


Perennial. Leaves all basal, short, acuminate, parallel-nerved. Scapes with a long sheathing bract at the base, to 3' high, 10-12 angled. The leaves are shorter than the bract at the base of the scape. Heads of flowers white, woolly, 3"-6" in diameter. Fruit a thin-walled capsule.


Flowers May to October

Wetland Indicator: Obligate

It took me awhile to figure that the sheath used in comparison to the leaves is not part of the leaf but part of the scape. After that, it was pretty easy to make the ID. This is a really interesting species, quite unmistakable.




 Michael Hough 2004