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Softstem Bulrush
Scirpus validus
Family: Cyperaceae

Habitat:

Marshes, streams, ponds, and lakeshores

Location relative to Water:

Rooted underwater, emergent body

Stems:

  • 100-300 cm long (39-118 inches)
  • Green
  • Smooth
  • Round

Leaves:

  • 4-5 basal leaves forming sheaths around stem
  • Upper leaves 7 cm long (3 inches)

Fruit:

  • Brown to black achene
  • Flat on one side, convex on other
  • 0.2 cm long (0.1 inches)

Flowers:

  • Inflorescence emerges from side of stem
  • Grow in cone-shaped clusters
  • Red-brown
 
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