Etymology: Schoenoplectus: Greek a 'rush leek' ' plecto for "plaited, twisted" schoenos for "rush or reed"
Plants: erect, perennial, to 5' tall, semi-aquatic sedge; stems triangular; soft rhizomes
Leaves: merely short sheaths at stem base
Flowers: inflorescence tight clustered spikelet from side of bract at stem top, spikelet of sharp-pointed yellow-brown scales
Fruits: nutlet, with 2 bristles, blunt beak
Habitat: wet; marshes shores in water 2'-3' deep
Conservation Status: Special Concern
Flora of North America: Flora of North America Floristic Rating: Coefficient of Conservatism = 9, Wetland Indicator = OBL WIS DNR-Bureau of Endangered Resources: Detailed information on Wisconsin listed species including state and federal status, photos, etc. USDA Plants Database: Federal Distribution and detailed information including photos