Common Bur Reed or Burreed
Common Bur Reed or Burreed
Sparganium emersum
Burreed Family - Sparganiaceae
Leaves are elongated, erect, and narrow with a V-shaped keel below. Two pairs of leaves arise from the plant base along with a zigzag-shaped flower stalk.
In shallow water of lakes, rivers and marshes, this perennial herb is usually about 1 foot tall.
The flower stalk bears compact clusters of tiny staminate flowers (male) above the larger, bur-like groups of numerous, small, greenish-white pistillate flowers (female). In this species, each of the female flowers has a style with one apical prong. (Photographed - July)
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