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Scheuchzeria palustris

Distribution: Southern Alaska south to northern California, east to Labrador and New Jersey.

Habitat: In bogs or on lake margins.

Flowers: May - July

Origin: Native

Growth Duration: Perennial

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Herbaceous perennials from rhizomes, the flowering stems 2-4 dm. tall, covered with dead leaves at the base.


Leaves linear, basally-sheathing, the basal 1-4 dm. long; cauline leaves gradually reduced upward, with a ligule 2-10 mm. long, the blade erect, semi-terete 1-3 mm. broad.


Flowers perfect, in terminal, 3-12 flowered, bracteate racemes; pedicles up to 25 mm. long, axillary to well-developed bracts; perianth segments 6, oblong, in 2 similar series, 1-nerved, 3 mm. long; stamens 6, the filaments short; stigmas sub-sessile.


Follicles 5-8 mm. long, compressed, divergent, light greenish-brown, with a stylar beak 0.5-1 mm. long.

Accepted Name:
Scheuchzeria palustris L.
Publication: Sp. Pl. 1: 338. 1753. 1753.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
Scheuchzeria americana (Fernald) G.N. Jones
Scheuchzeria palustris L. ssp. americana (Fernald) Hultén [JPM]
Scheuchzeria palustris L. var. americana Fernald [HC]
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Scheuchzeria palustris in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Scheuchzeria palustris checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Scheuchzeria palustris atlas page.

CalPhotos: Scheuchzeria palustris photos.

USDA Plants: Scheuchzeria palustris information.

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