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Water Bulrush
Schoenoplectus subterminalis
About Water Bulrush (Schoenoplectus subterminalis) 0 Nurseries Carry This Plant Schoenoplectus subterminalis is a species of flowering plant in the sedge family known by the common names water bulrush, water club-rush, and swaying bulrush. It is native to North America, where it is known from many parts of the Canada and the United States. It has been common in the northeastern US and eastern Canada as well as the Great Lakes region, as well as many locations in the mountains of the West, though apparently absent from the Southwest and from most of the Great Plains. Schoenoplectus subterminalis grows in moist and wet habitat, and often grows in shallow water, sometimes entirely submerged. It is a perennial herb forming mats or tufts of very narrow cylindrical stems easily exceeding one meter long. There is a rhizome and sometimes tubers grow on it. When the plant grows in water only the inflorescences and the tips of the leaf blades break the surface. The inflorescence is generally a single cone-shaped spikelet at the end of the stem accompanied by a stiff, stemlike bract.
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Natural Setting
Annual Precipitation: 44.3" - 91.2", Summer Precipitation: 1.21" - 2.83", Coldest Month: 29.6" - 43.3", Hottest Month: 50.7" - 69.0", Humidity: 0.55" - 18.61", Elevation: 1735" - 7745"

Alternative Names
Common Names: Swaying Bulrush, Water Club-rush

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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