American bulrush

Schoenoplectus pungens

Range: Common low elevation species on several continents, including Australia.

Description: Perennial from long, stout rhizomes; stems single or in small groups, sharply traingular, erect, 15-100 cm tall.  Leaves usally channelled or folded and narrow (1-2 mm wide).  Inflorescence consists of stalkless spikelets (1-7), in a tight cluster; main involucral bract prominent, leaf-like, 3-10 cm long, appearing as a continuation of the stem.

Ecology: Fresh and brackish marshes, shores, wet meadows, and ditches.

Notes: This species seems to prefer coarser substrates, where freshwater influence is greater.  The plant was used for weaving basket lids and handles.

Sources:  

  • Eflora
  • Pojar, J. and A. MacKinnon.  1994.  Plants of coastal British Columbia: including Washington, Oregon & Alaska. Lone Pine Publishing. Vancouver. 528 p.

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