Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


2027

Grass, Sedge, or Rush
Perennial

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Common

Look for it in marshes, floodplain forests, mountain bogs, seeps, fens, per Weakley's Flora

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...Wet

LEAVES:
Simple
Mostly alternate, 14-26 per culm

FLOWER:
Summer/Fall
Bisexual
Superior ovary

Spikelets in umbellate clusters or heads

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Yellowish
Nutlet

 

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Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Monocots: Commelinids: Poales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (5/21/15):
Scirpus polyphyllus   FAMILY Cyperaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Scirpus polyphyllus   FAMILY Cyperaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Flora of North America
Scirpus polyphyllus

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 030-08-014:
Scirpus polyphyllus   FAMILY Cyperaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933)
Scirpus polyphyllus

 

COMMON NAME:
Leafy Bulrush


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image of Scirpus polyphyllus, Leafy Bulrush

JK Marlow    jkm120617_973

June    Spartanburg County    SC

image of Scirpus polyphyllus, Leafy Bulrush

JK Marlow    jkm200625_6061

June    Transylvania County    NC

DuPont State Forest

Leaves primarily cauline, more than 10 per culm, to 2dm long, 4-9mm wide, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

image of Scirpus polyphyllus, Leafy Bulrush

JK Marlow    jkm200625_6192

June    Transylvania County    NC

DuPont State Forest

image of Scirpus polyphyllus, Leafy Bulrush

JK Marlow    jkm200625_6239

June    Transylvania County    NC

DuPont State Forest

The stems are 3-4 feet tall and have 14-22 leaves, per Vascular Plants of North Carolina.

image of Scirpus polyphyllus, Leafy Bulrush

Glen Peterson    gkp9254_foliaceousbracts

July    Spartanburg County    SC

Involucre of several foliaceous bracts, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

image of Scirpus polyphyllus, Leafy Bulrush

Glen Peterson    gkp9261_bladenotseptate

July    Spartanburg County    SC

image of Scirpus polyphyllus, Leafy Bulrush

Glen Peterson    gkp9263_sheathpurplespots

July    Spartanburg County    SC

The ventral surface of the sheath is purple-spotted, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

image of Scirpus polyphyllus, Leafy Bulrush

Glen Peterson    gkp9265_youngtop

July    Spartanburg County    SC

image of Scirpus polyphyllus, Leafy Bulrush

Glen Peterson    gkp9267_scirpolspike

July    Spartanburg County    SC

Spikelets ovoid, 3-4mm long, 2-3mm broad, sessile, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

image of Scirpus polyphyllus, Leafy Bulrush

JK Marlow    jkm170818_653

August    Jackson County    NC

Big Ridge Preserve

image of Scirpus polyphyllus, Leafy Bulrush

JK Marlow    jkm210807_2512

August    Transylvania County    NC

DuPont State Forest

Inflorescence branched. Spikelets in umbellate clusters or heads, sessile, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

image of Scirpus polyphyllus, Leafy Bulrush

JK Marlow    jkm0509k_36

September    Transylvania County    NC

Silver Run Preserve