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Scirpus polyphyllus

Scirpus polyphyllus Vahl

Leafy Bulrush, Many-leaved Sedge

Cyperaceae (Sedge family)


USDA Symbol: SCPO2

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Grass/Grass-like
Fruit Type: Achene
Size Notes: Up to about 5 feet tall, some stems reclining.
Fruit: Achenes pale brown.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Green , Brown
Bloom Time: Jul , Aug
Bloom Notes: Perianth of 6 bristles. Bloom color refers to spikelets. Bloom time refers to fruiting period.


USA: AL , AR , CT , DC , DE , GA , IL , IN , KY , MA , MD , ME , MO , MS , NC , NH , NJ , NY , OH , PA , SC , TN , VA , VT , WV
Native Habitat: Along wooded streams and other swampy places, usually shaded by trees.

National Wetland Indicator Status

This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1 (Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here for map of regions.

Web Reference

Webref 3 - Flora of North America (2014) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Webref 34 - Go Botany (2019) Native Plant Trust
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

USDA: Find Scirpus polyphyllus in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Scirpus polyphyllus in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Scirpus polyphyllus


Record Modified: 2020-10-30
Research By: CBR

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