Jasper Ridge Place Names supplemental information
Eleocharis Meadow (a former quarry and currently a de facto wetland)
Sector 31 B4 near the intersection of Road E and Trail 13 SE of Searsville Lake
This vernally wet area is currently the only known location of common spike-rush (Eleocharis macrostachya) and toad rush (Juncus bufonius var. bufonius)1. Bordering the meadow is wild licorice (Glycyrrhiza lepidota) and red-flowered currant (Ribes sanguineum var. glutinosum)2. Growing on the south-facing slope of the quarry embankment is the only known population of the parasite clustered broomrape (Orobanche fasciculate) whose host is wild buckwheat (Eriogonum nudum var. auriculatum). A few meters south at the Trail 12 footbridge is the only location of water plantain (Alisma triviale)3.
1 The Preserve’s widespread toad rush variety with smaller tepals is called var. occidentalis.
2 Dead and gone after the recent 4-year drought.
3 Alisma may also not have survived the recent drought event.