Sparganium americanum Nutt. - Bur-reed

Sparganium americanum plant

Family - Sparganiaceae

Stems - No info. yet.

Leaves - No info. yet.

Inflorescence - No info. yet.

Sparganium americanum flowersStaminate and pistillate flower clusters.

Flowers - No info. yet.

Sparganium americanum flowerClose-up of pistillate flowers.

Flowering - May - September.

Habitat - Spring branches, streams, rivers, sloughs.

Other info. - This aquatic species is common in the southern 1/2 of Missouri. It is commonly seen when not in flower with its leaves submerged and being pushed horizontal in the current of water. Fertile plants have long erect leaves and resemble a cross between a sedge and a cattial until flowering.
The genus Sparganium is in its own family, which has about 14 species.

Photographs taken in Brown Summit, NC., 7-15-02.