Eleocharis tricostata
Three-ribbed spike rush

Key Characteristics

Perennial spike-rush (20-50 cm) of coastal plain marshes; culms arising from thick rhizomes; spikelets large (20 mm) with dark brown scales; achene dark brown with 3 prominent ridges.

Status and Rank

  • State Status: T
  • State Rank: S2
  • Global Rank: G4

Occurrences

County NameNumber of OccurrencesYear Last Observed
Allegan42015
Newaygo42013
Ottawa11942
Distribution map for Eleocharis tricostata

Updated 1/31/2017. Information is summarized from MNFI's database of rare species and community occurrences. Data may not reflect true distribution since much of the state has not been thoroughly surveyed.

Habitat

Found in areas with a fluctuating water table such as coastal plain marshes, sandy lake edges, dune swales, seepages, sandy marshes, sandy and peaty edges of wetlands, and intermittent wetlands.

Natural Community Types

Methodology

For each species, lists of natural communities were derived from review of the nearly 6,500 element occurrences in the MNFI database, in addition to herbarium label data for some taxa. In most cases, at least one specimen record exists for each listed natural community. For certain taxa, especially poorly collected or extirpated species of prairie and savanna habitats, natural community lists were derived from inferences from collection sites and habitat preferences in immediately adjacent states (particularly Indiana and Illinois). Natural communities are not listed for those species documented only from altered or ruderal habitats in Michigan, especially for taxa that occur in a variety of habitats outside of the state.

Natural communities are not listed in order of frequency of occurrence, but are rather derived from the full set of natural communities, organized by Ecological Group. In many cases, the general habitat descriptions should provide greater clarity and direction to the surveyor. In future versions of the Rare Species Explorer, we hope to incorporate natural community fidelity ranks for each taxon.

Feel free to send questions and comments to Brad Slaughter at slaugh14@msu.edu.

Associated Plants

Colic root, Indian grass, big bluestem, little bluestem, prairie willow, bushy aster, bluejoint grass, twig-rush, cross-leaved milkwort, sedge, switch grass; often associated with other coastal plain disjunct species such as tall beak-rush, Engelmann's spike-rush, flat-topped goldenrod, Maryland meadow beauty, panicled screwstem, short-fruited rush, and tall nut-rush.

Management

This species requires conservation of habitat and protection of the hydrology, including maintenance of cyclical drawdown regime and water table. Maintain moist, open habitat. It is also vulnerable to ORV impacts and dredging and filling activities.

General Survey Guidelines

Random meander search covers areas that appear likely to have rare taxa, based on habitat and the judgement of the investigator.

Survey Methods

Page Citation

Michigan Natural Features Inventory. 2007. Rare Species Explorer (Web Application). Available online at http://mnfi.anr.msu.edu/explorer [Accessed Apr 24, 2017]

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