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Lesser Bur Reed
Sparganium americanum

Lesser Bur Reed (Sparganium americanum) Other common names: Nuttall's Bur Reed, Three-square Bur Reed

French names: Rubanier d'Amérique

Family: Cattail Family (Typhaceae), (Bur-reed Family (Sparganiaceae))

Group: Bur Reeds

Flowers: Summer;  White;  Indistinguishable parts (petals)

Leaves: Simple

Habitat: Wet Areas

Grows in Sun/Shade: Sun

Books: Newcomb's Wildflower Guide: 410   

Origin and Meaning of Names:
 Scientific Name: americanum: American

Photographs: 32 photographs available, of which 3 are featured on this page. SCROLL DOWN FOR PHOTOGRAPHS.

Range Map is at the bottom of the page
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Lesser Bur Reed (Sparganium americanum) plant

Lesser Bur Reed is a smallish water plant.

Lesser Bur Reed (Sparganium americanum) flower

The flower head is a dense ball of tiny pistillate flowers.

Lesser Bur Reed (Sparganium americanum) flower cluster

Closeup view of flower cluster.
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Range map for Lesser Bur Reed (Sparganium americanum)

PLEASE NOTE: A coloured Province or State means this species occurs somewhere in that Province/State.
The entire Province/State is coloured, regardless of where in that Province/State it occurs.

(Range map provided courtesy of the USDA website and is displayed here in accordance with their Policies)