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Branched Bur-reed

(Sparganium erectum)

Branched Bur-reed © Andrew Gagg/Plantlife

Branched Bur-reed © Andrew Gagg/Plantlife


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.

It is one of the plants we keep track of in our Wildflowers Count survey - click here to find out how you can help out.

Distribution

Widespread around the UK.

Habitat

Waters edge, ponds, slow rivers, marshy ground, ditches. Branched bur-reed is an easily uprooted plant and so prefers slower waters.

Best time to see

Flowers April-June.