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Cladium mariscoides (Smooth sawgrass)
Smith, R.W.

Cladium mariscoides

Cladium mariscoides (Muhl.) Torr.

Smooth Sawgrass

Cyperaceae (Sedge Family)

Synonym(s): Mariscus mariscoides

USDA Symbol: clma

USDA Native Status: L48 (N), CAN (N)


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Grass/Grass-like
Root Type: Fibrous
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Leaf Venation: Parallel
Inflorescence: Spikelet
Fruit Type: Achene
Size Class: 1-3 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Not Applicable
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep
Bloom Notes: Perianth absent. Bloom time denotes fruiting period for Cladium spp.


USA: AL , CT , DE , FL , GA , IL , IN , MA , MD , ME , MI , MN , MS , NC , NH , NJ , NY , OH , PA , RI , SC , TN , TX , VA , VT , WI
Canada: NB , NS

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.

Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2018-03-08
Research By: TWC Staff

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