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Bur Reed (Branching)

Sparganium androcladum
Bur Reed (Branching)

Habitat

They are found on muddy shores and in the in shallow water along wetlands, ponds and riverbanks.

Description

These tall plants are oftem mistaken for sedges because of their spiky flowers or grasses because of their tall grass-like leaves. They are wetland wildflowers with small bulbous flowers clasping the stem.

Taxonomic Features (Traits) for Identification

Flower Type: Flower too small to see individually and clustered into dense found heads that develop into burr-like fruits
Flower Color: Whitish-green
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
Plant Type: Wildflower (Tall - 1-5 feet)
Leaf Type: Long, narrow, entire (smooth edged), stiff and 3-sided.

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