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Amphiscirpus nevadensis

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About Great Basin Bulrush (Amphiscirpus nevadensis) Amphiscirpus is a monotypic genus of flowering plants in the sedge family containing the single species Amphiscirpus nevadensis, which is known by the common name Nevada bulrush. This plant was formerly included in genus Scirpus. It is native to western North America, including the western Canadian provinces and the northwestern United States, as well as southern South America. It grows in wet and seasonally wet habitat, often on saline and alkaline soils. It is a perennial herb growing from a small, hard rhizome. The erect stems are stiff, ridged, and cylindrical, not three-angled. It lacks aerenchyma, a trait which makes it different from many of its relatives. The stems are sheathed by tough long leaves. The inflorescence is a headlike cluster of a few cone-shaped spikelets accompanied by a long, stiff bract which looks like an extension of the stem.
Plant Description
Plant Type

Max. Height
1.5 ft (0.46 m)

Flower Color

Native Status

Natural Setting
Site Type
Wet places, saline soils

Sun, Part Shade

Elevation ?
2561' - 7385'

Annual Precip. ?
5.2" - 25.0"

Summer Precip. ?
0.53" - 1.84"

Coldest Month ?
28.0° F - 47.8° F

Hottest Month ?
56.1° F - 76.4° F

Humidity ?
1.15 vpd - 29.22 vpd

Landscaping Information
Common uses
Bogs and Ponds

Nursery Availability
Never or Almost Never Available

Other Names
Botanical Names
Scirpus nevadensis

Common Names
Nevada Bulrush

Sources include: Wikipedia. All text shown in the "About" section of these pages is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Plant observation data provided by the participants of the California Consortia of Herbaria, Sunset information provided by Jepson Flora Project. Propogation from seed information provided by the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden from "Seed Propagation of Native California Plants" by Dara E. Emery. Sources of plant photos include CalPhotos, Wikimedia Commons, and independent plant photographers who have agreed to share their images with Calscape. Other general sources of information include Calflora, CNPS Manual of Vegetation Online, Jepson Flora Project, Las Pilitas, Theodore Payne, Tree of Life, The Xerces Society, and information provided by CNPS volunteer editors, with special thanks to Don Rideout. Climate data used in creation of plant range maps is from PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University, using 30 year (1981-2010) annual "normals" at an 800 meter spatial resolution.

Links:   Jepson eFlora Taxon Page  CalPhotos  Wikipedia  Calflora

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