Salt-marsh bulrush

Schoenoplectus robustus (syn. Scirpus robustus) -- Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants

Schoenoplectus robustus (syn. Scirpus robustus)

Native to Florida


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Salt-marsh bulrush is a native sedge which may first be noticed growing along the edges of brackish and saline coastal marshes nearly throughout Florida (Wunderlin, 2003). Scirpus robustus blooms from spring to fall and occurs almost always under natural conditions in wetlands. They have very large conspicuous, cone-shaped spikelets, and long thin leaves and bracts. Its many seeds are an important food to ducks, geese and other water birds.

Salt-marsh bulrush is a bulrush sedge. stems erect, sharply triangular, hard, to 3 ft. tall; leaf blades from the upper stem nodes, very long and narrow, to 24 in. long, to 3/8 in. wide; inflorescence comprised of 1-5 large spikelets; bracts leaf-like, to 1 ft. long; spikelets large, oblong, to 1 1/2 in. long, stalked or unstalked, brown to dark reddish; nutlet shiny brown, with pits.