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Eriophorum angustifolium Honck. subsp. angustifolium
tall cottongrass

General Information
Symbol: ERANA3
Group: Monocot
Family: Cyperaceae
Duration: Perennial
Growth Habit: Graminoid
Native Status: AK   N
GL   N
L48   N
Data Source and Documentation
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green round image for nativity Native blue round image for introduced Introduced ocre round image for introduced and nativity Both white round image for no status Absent/Unreported
image for native, but no county data Native, No County Data image for introduced, but no county data Introduced, No County Data both introduced and native, but no county data Both, No County Data
Native Status:
lower 48 status L48    Alaska status AK    Hawaii status HI    Puerto Rico status PR    Virgin Islands status VI    Navassa Island NAV    Canada status CAN    Greenland status GL    Saint Pierre and Michelon status SPM    North America NA   


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©Susan McDougall. Trees Live Here. United States, WA, Mount Adams, Swampy Meadows. July 27, 2005. Usage Requirements.

©Susan McDougall. Trees Live Here. United States, WA, Mount Adams, Swampy Meadows. July 27, 2005. Usage Requirements.

Robert H. Mohlenbrock. USDA NRCS. 1995. Northeast wetland flora: Field office guide to plant species. Northeast National Technical Center, Chester. Provided by USDA NRCS Wetland Science Institute (WSI). Usage Requirements.



Symbol Scientific Name Other Common Names
ERANS Eriophorum angustifolium Honck. subsp. scabriusculum Hultén tall cottongrass
ERANS2 Eriophorum angustifolium Honck. subsp. subarcticum (Vassiljev) Hultén ex Kartesz & Gandhi tall cottongrass
ERANC2 Eriophorum angustifolium Honck. var. coloratum Hultén
ERANG2 Eriophorum angustifolium Honck. var. giganteum Hultén
ERANM Eriophorum angustifolium Honck. var. majus F.W. Schultz
ERKO2 Eriophorum komarovii V.N. Vassil.
ERPO6 Eriophorum polystachion L., nom. utique rej.


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Rank Scientific Name and Common Name
Kingdom Plantae – Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta – Vascular plants
Superdivision Spermatophyta – Seed plants
Division Magnoliophyta – Flowering plants
Class Liliopsida – Monocotyledons
Subclass Commelinidae
Order Cyperales
Family Cyperaceae – Sedge family
Genus Eriophorum L. – cottongrass
Species Eriophorum angustifolium Honck. – tall cottongrass
Subspecies Eriophorum angustifolium Honck. ssp. angustifolium – tall cottongrass

Subordinate Taxa

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Legal Status

Threatened and Endangered Information:
This plant is listed by the U.S. federal government or a state. Common names are from state and federal lists. Click on a place name to get a complete protected plant list for that location.
narrow-leaved cotton-grass
New Hampshire
narrow-leaved cotton-grass
New York
Eriophorum angustifolium subsp. scabriusculum
narrow-leaf cottongrass

Wetland Status

Interpreting Wetland Status


ERKO2  Eriophorum komarovii V.N. Vassil.

North America
Alaska OBL



Source Large Mammals Small Mammals Water Birds Terrestrial Birds


Source Large Mammals Small Mammals Water Birds Terrestrial Birds

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