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Sparganium americanum

Sparganium americanum Nutt.

 

Bur Reed

KingdomPlantaePlants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae
SubkingdomTracheobiontaVascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients
DivisionMagnoliophytaFlowering plants, also known as angiosperms
ClassLiliopsidaMonocots (plants with a single seed leaf); includes the lily family
SubclassCommelinidaeDayflowers and spiderworts, and several others
OrderTyphalesA group including reedlike wetland plants such as cattails
FamilyTyphaceaePlants, such as cattails, with a single flower spike that has both male and female flowers
GenusSparganiumFrom Greek and Latin sparganion, derived from sparganon, “diaper, ribbon, swadding band, for the ribbon-like leaves
Speciesamericanum“From America”

About plant names...

Bur-reeds, a type of sedge, are a native American plant.

Identification: Bur-reeds are always found growing in shallow water that is present all year. These sedges are up to 12-42" (30-106 cm) tall, with crooked stems and grasslike leaves. As with all sedges, stems are triangular in cross-section—this is easy to feel with your fingers. Leaves are long, narrow, and strap-like, similar to those of cattails. Bur-like spherical spiky green to white flowers, several to a stem, make these unmistakable. Each flower is ball-shaped, ¾-1" (1.9-2.5 cm) around, and green to white in color.

Edibility: Cooked roots and stem bases are edible.

Online References:

Sparganium americanum on Missouriplants.com

Sparganium americanum at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

Sparganium americanum on the USDA Plants Database

Sparganium americanum at the University of Wisconsin's Robert W. Freckmann Herbarium

Sparganium americanum on Plants for a Future, a resource and information centre for edible and otherwise useful plants

Sparganium americanum on eFloras

Sparganium americanum (Bur Reed)

7/29/2010 · Nashua River Rail Trail, Nashoba Hospital, Ayer, MA
≈ 9 × 14" (23 × 35 cm)

Sparganium americanum (Bur Reed)

7/29/2010 · Nashua River Rail Trail, Nashoba Hospital, Ayer, MA
≈ 7 × 11" (18 × 27 cm)

Sparganium americanum (Bur Reed)

9/1/2010 · Beaver Brook Association Conservation Lands, Rte. 130, Hollis, NH
≈ 12 × 8" (31 × 20 cm) ID is uncertain

Sparganium americanum (Bur Reed)

8/27/2010 · Beaver Brook Association Conservation Lands, Rte. 130, Hollis, NH
≈ 16 × 24" (41 × 62 cm) ID is uncertain

Sparganium americanum description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 16 Aug 2013.

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Sparganium americanum (Bur Reed)

7/29/2010 · Nashua River Rail Trail, Nashoba Hospital, Ayer, MA
≈ 8 × 12" (20 × 31 cm)

Sparganium americanum (Bur Reed)

9/1/2010 · Beaver Brook Association Conservation Lands, Rte. 130, Hollis, NH
≈ 9 × 14" (23 × 35 cm) ID is uncertain

Sparganium americanum (Bur Reed)

7/29/2010 · Nashua River Rail Trail, Nashoba Hospital, Ayer, MA
≈ 9 × 14" (23 × 35 cm)

Sparganium americanum (Bur Reed)

9/1/2010 · Beaver Brook Association Conservation Lands, Rte. 130, Hollis, NH
≈ 14 × 9" (35 × 23 cm) ID is uncertain

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