Eriocaulon compressum
flattened pipewort

Eriocaulon compressum
Eriocaulon compressum
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Britton & Brown
Botanical name: Eriocaulon compressum
Common name: flattened pipewort
Group: monocot
Family: Eriocaulaceae
Growth type: forb/herb
Duration: perennial
Origin: native
Plant height: 8" to 28"
Foliage: basal rosette of grasslike leaves, 2" - 12"; apex very sharp
Flower: tiny white flowers in buttonlike flowerhead 3/8" to 3/4" across; heads hemispheric or round, soft and easily compressed.
Flowering time: mid May to late June, rarely into July
Habitat: sands, peats, shallow pinelands ponds, ditches
Range in New Jersey: southern portion of the state
Heritage ranking, if any: n/a
Misc. Compound of Greek erion, wool, and caulos, a stalk, from the woool at the base of the scape in the original species (Fernald, 390). Stone, in 1910, says, "Wet swamps in the Pine Barrens and Cape May district; frequent." The early flowering large grayish heads and short leaves distinguish this fine species from (E. parkerii), while E. septangulare (= E. aquaticum) is usually smaller and later in flowering." (p 325) Note then, that this is generally the first pipewort to bloom in the heart of the pine barrens.