Sparganium natans

Sparganium natans is a species of bur-reed known by the common names least bur-reed[1] and small bur-reed.[2] It is a water circumboreal plant inhabiting North America, Europe, West Asia and Japan. It is usually found submersed in shallow, calm water. This bur-reed has thin, flexible, grasslike leaves which float in the water. Plants that spend more time out of water at the waterline are tougher and have shorter leaves. The plant bears two inflorescences, the staminate type being a rounded white filamentous ball and the pistillate type a sphere of thick, green, pointy peduncles. The fruits are small green or brown achenes.

Sparganium natans
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Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Monocots
Clade: Commelinids
Order: Poales
Family: Typhaceae
Genus: Sparganium
S. natans
Binomial name
Sparganium natans

Sparganium minimum


  1. ^ BSBI List 2007 (xls). Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland. Archived from the original (xls) on 2015-06-26. Retrieved 2014-10-17.
  2. ^ "Sparganium natans". Natural Resources Conservation Service PLANTS Database. USDA. Retrieved 24 November 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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