Branched Bur-reed Sparganium erectum
An quirky looking waterside plant with spherical flowers.
Branched bur-reed might occasionally be mistaken for its unbranched relative (appropriately named 'unbranched bur-reed') but little else. It has linear leaves that lie broadside on to stem.
Widespread around the UK.
Waters edge, ponds, slow rivers, marshy ground, ditches. Branched bur-reed is an easily uprooted plant and so prefers slower waters.
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