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Small Bur-reed
Sparganium natans
About Small Bur-reed (Sparganium natans) 0 Nurseries Carry This Plant Sparganium natans is a species of bur-reed known by the common names least bur-reed and small bur-reed. It is a water plant native to high elevation lakes and marshes of Canada and the northern United States. It is usually found submersed in shallow, calm water. This bur-reed has thin, flexible, grasslike leaves which float in the water. Plants that spend more time out of water at the waterline are tougher and have shorter leaves. The plant bears two inflorescences, the staminate type being a rounded white filamentous ball and the pistillate type a sphere of thick, green, pointy peduncles. The fruits are small green or brown achenes.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type
Perennial herb

Flower Color
Flower Color

Landscaping Information
Natural Setting
Annual Precipitation: 19.1" - 84.8", Summer Precipitation: 0.89" - 2.66", Coldest Month: 28.2" - 43.3", Hottest Month: 49.8" - 67.9", Humidity: 0.92" - 19.80", Elevation: 2152" - 10807"

Alternative Names
Common Names: Least Bur-reed

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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