Schoenoplectus tabernaemontani

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Schoenoplectus tabernaemontani
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Monocots
(unranked): Commelinids
Order: Poales
Family: Cyperaceae
Genus: Schoenoplectus
Species: S. tabernaemontani
Binomial name
Schoenoplectus tabernaemontani
(C.C.Gmel.) Palla
  • Cyperus tabernaemontani (C.C.Gmel.) Missbach & E.H.L.Krause
  • Eleogiton tabernaemontani (C.C.Gmel.) Fourr.
  • Heleogiton tabernaemontani (C.C.Gmel.) Peterm.
  • Heleophylax tabernaemontani (C.C.Gmel.) Schinz & Thell.
  • Hymenochaeta tabernaemontani (C.C.Gmel.) Nakai
  • Schoenoplectus lacustris subsp. creber (Fernald) Á.Löve & D.Löve
  • Schoenoplectus lacustris f. glaucus (Hartm.) Soó
  • Schoenoplectus lacustris subsp. glaucus (Hartm.) Luceño & Marín
  • Schoenoplectus lacustris subsp. tabernaemontani (C.C.Gmel.) Á.Löve & D.Löve
  • Schoenoplectus lacustris subsp. validus (Vahl) T.Koyama
  • Schoenoplectus tabernaemontani f. sub-duvalii (Beckh.) Soó
  • Schoenoplectus validus (Vahl) Á.Löve & D.Löve
  • Schoenoplectus validus subsp. creber (Fernald) Á.Löve & D.Löve
  • Schoenoplectus validus subsp. luxurians (Miq.) Soják
  • Scirpus glaucus Sm.
  • Scirpus globifer Welw. ex Steud.
  • Scirpus lacustris subsp. creber (Fernald) T.Koyama
  • Scirpus lacustris f. glaucus (Hartm.) Peterm.
  • Scirpus lacustris subsp. glaucus Hartm.
  • Scirpus lacustris var. luxurians (Miq.) T.Koyama
  • Scirpus lacustris var. tabernaemontani (C.C.Gmel.) Nyman
  • Scirpus lacustris subsp. tabernaemontani (C.C. Gmel.) Syme
  • Scirpus lacustris var. tabernaemontani (C.C. Gmel.) Döll
  • Scirpus lacustris subsp. validus (Vahl) T.Koyama
  • Scirpus lacustris var. validus (Vahl) Kük.
  • Scirpus lacustris subsp. validus (Vahl) Osten
  • Scirpus maritimus subsp. tabernaemontani (C.C.Gmel.) Nyman
  • Scirpus siculus Lojac.
  • Scirpus tabernaemontani C.C.Gmel.
  • Scirpus tabernaemontani f. luxurians Miq.
  • Scirpus tabernaemontani f. paludosus Boenn.
  • Scirpus tabernaemontani f. sub-duvalii Beckh.
  • Scirpus uliginosus Kar. & Kir.
  • Scirpus validus Vahl
  • Scirpus validus var. creber Fernald
  • Scirpus validus f. creber (Fernald) Beetle
  • Scirpus validus var. laeviglumis Tang & F.T.Wang

Schoenoplectus tabernaemontani (syn. Scirpus validus) is a species of flowering plant in the sedge family known by the common names softstem bulrush,[2] grey club-rush,[3] and great bulrush. It can be found throughout much of the world; it has been reported from every state in the United States (including Hawaii), and from every province and territory in Canada except Nunavut. It grows in moist and wet habitat, and sometimes in shallow water.

Schoenoplectus tabernaemontani is quite variable in appearance, thus explaining the long list of synonyms that have been created over the years. It is a perennial herb producing dense stands of many narrow erect stems reaching 1–3 m (33-100 inches) in height. It grows from a long rhizome system. The leaves are mostly basal and have wide sheaths around the stems. The inflorescence is generally a panicle of spikelets on long, thin branches which spread, arch, or droop. The spikelets vary in color. There is usually along, stiff bract alongside each spikelet or cluster of spikelets.

A cultivar of this species with bright horizontal white or yellowish stripes, S. tabernaemontani 'Zebrinus', is sold as an ornamental plant for water gardens and landscaping.[4][5] Solid white and yellow cultivars are also available.[6]


  1. ^ The Plant List
  2. ^ "Schoenoplectus tabernaemontani". Natural Resources Conservation Service PLANTS Database. USDA. Retrieved 1 February 2016. 
  3. ^ "BSBI List 2007". Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland. Archived from the original (xls) on 2015-01-25. Retrieved 2014-10-17. 
  4. ^ European Water Gardener
  5. ^ Australian Water Gardener
  6. ^ Darke, Rick. The Color Encyclopedia of Ornamental Grasses. Timber Press. 1999. pg 277.

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