OF THE CAROLINAS & GEORGIA

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

WEAKLEY'S FLORA OF THE SOUTHEASTERN US (4/24/22):
Schoenoplectus tabernaemontani   FAMILY Cyperaceae   Go to FSUS key


SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Schoenoplectus tabernaemontani   FAMILY Cyperaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Flora of North America
Schoenoplectus tabernaemontani

SYNONYMOUS WITH Guide to the Vascular Plants of the Blue Ridge (Wofford, 1989)
Scirpus tabernaemontani

(?) VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 030-08-009:
Scirpus validus   FAMILY Cyperaceae

(?) Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Scirpus validus

 

COMMON NAME:
Softstem Bulrush, Great Bulrush


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image of Schoenoplectus tabernaemontani, Softstem Bulrush, Great Bulrush

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / USDA Wetland flora: Field office illustrated guide    pnd_scta2_003_lvd

        

image of Schoenoplectus tabernaemontani, Softstem Bulrush, Great Bulrush

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_scva_001_lvd

        

image of Schoenoplectus tabernaemontani, Softstem Bulrush, Great Bulrush

Terry Holdsclaw    tdh_s_tabernaemon_7727

June    Catawba County    NC

The umbel's branches and branchlets are widely spreading & somewhat drooping, per www.illinoiswildflowers.info.

image of Schoenoplectus tabernaemontani, Softstem Bulrush, Great Bulrush

Terry Holdsclaw    tdh_s_tabernaemon_7727b

June    Catawba County    NC

Each branchlet ends in one spikelet or a dense cluster of 2-5 spikelets, per www.illinoiswildflowers.info.

image of Schoenoplectus tabernaemontani, Softstem Bulrush, Great Bulrush

Terry Holdsclaw    tdh_s_tabernaemon_7731b

June    Catawba County    NC

Each spikelet is a compact head of florets and their overlapping scales, per www.illinoiswildflowers.info.

image of Schoenoplectus tabernaemontani, Softstem Bulrush, Great Bulrush

Terry Holdsclaw    tdh_s_tabernaemontani_2

July    Catawba County    NC

Forms dense colonies from horizontal rhizomes. Stems stout, 1-3cm at base, per Forest Plants of the Southeast and Their Wildlife Uses.

 

WEAKLEY'S FLORA OF THE SOUTHEASTERN US (4/24/22):
Schoenoplectus tabernaemontani   FAMILY Cyperaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Schoenoplectus tabernaemontani   FAMILY Cyperaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Flora of North America
Schoenoplectus tabernaemontani

SYNONYMOUS WITH Guide to the Vascular Plants of the Blue Ridge (Wofford, 1989)
Scirpus tabernaemontani

(?) VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 030-08-009:
Scirpus validus   FAMILY Cyperaceae

(?) Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Scirpus validus

 

Find by SCIENTIFIC NAME:

2874

Grass, Sedge, or Rush
Perennial

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

Common in Coastal Plain & Carolina Mountains (uncommon to rare elsewhere in GA-NC-SC)

Habitat: Tidal marshes, freshwater marshes, sedge meadows, streambeds, riverbeds, floodplain pools, calcareous fens, per Weakley's Flora

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LEAVES:
Simple
Basal (rarely 1 or 2 stem leaves)

FLOWER:
Summer/Fall
Bisexual
Superior ovary

Inflorescence a compound umbel

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Yellowish/Grayish
Nutlet

 

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