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Name derivation:



Eriophorum Linneaus;  at least 18 species descriptions are currently accepted taxonomically.

Order Cyperales;  Family Cyperaceae.

Monocot;  Perennial.


Up to 1 m tall.  Rhizomatous; leaves generally longer than stem.  Individual tussocks have 300-600 ‘tillers’, each with two or three narrow needle-like leaves sheathed at the base.


Similar genera:



Northern Hemisphere – widely distributed in arctic, sub-arctic and boreal to temperate zones.  Often dominant in tundra ecosystems.

Bogs and other acidic wetlands.  Forms tussocks.