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Marcus, Joseph A.
Cladium mariscus ssp. jamaicense (Crantz) Kükenth.
Jamaica swamp sawgrass, Jamaican Saw-grass, Saw-grass
Synonyms: Cladium jamaicense, Cladium leptostachyum, Mariscus jamaicensis
USDA Symbol: CLMAJ
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
Cladium mariscus ssp. jamaicense is a large sedge with long tough leaves growing from rhizomes. Each stand produces a number of large flower spikes that rise above the leaves.
Bloom InformationBloom Color:
Not Applicable Bloom Time:
Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct Bloom Notes: Perianth
AL , AR , FL , GA , HI , LA , MS , NC , NM , SC , TX , VA Native Distribution:
Widespread in Carribean region, north to Gulf states & Virginia. Native Habitat: Cladium mariscus ssp. jamaicense
grows in limestone soil in fresh water at the edges of wet areas, streams, ponds, and lakes. It is found in the Rio Grande Plains, south east Texas, Edwards Plateau, and Trans-Pecos. USDA Native Status: L48(N), HI(N), PR(N)
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Medium
Light Requirement: Sun , Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist , Wet
CaCO3 Tolerance: High
Soil Description: Stream or lake margins, wet areas, often in calcareous soils.
Conditions Comments: Cladium mariscus ssp. jamaicense is a large sedge with long tough leaves. The leaves have very sharp, saw-toothed margins that are capable of cutting bare skin. Be prepared if you come in contact with this plant! Each stand produces a number of large flower spikes that rise above the leaves. The visually interesting seed heads persist through the summer. Good for wetland gardens and habitat. This is the signature plant of the Florida Everglades.
BenefitConspicuous Flowers: yes
Interesting Foliage: yes
Deer Resistant: High
Wildflower Center Seed BankLBJWC-651
Collected 2008-07-23 in Travis County by Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
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Record Modified: 2007-08-13
Research By: NPC