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Salt-marsh bulrush, Scirpus robustus

Q:  I found this sedge growing along Egan’s Creek.  Can you identify it for me?

A:  Reeds, sedges and rushes are not my strength but your photo of the seed head made it easier to identify.  I am glad you did not pick any of the plants as these should be left alone.  One never knows if these plants are protected.  Not to mention the types of critters often hiding or living in these areas.  The plant is most likely the Salt-marsh bulrush, Scirpus robustus, which is native to Florida.  It can be easily found growing along the edges of brackish and saline coastal marshes nearly throughout Florida. Salt-march bulrush blooms from spring to fall and occurs almost always under natural conditions in wetlands. They have very large conspicuous, cone-shaped spikelets, and long thin leaves and bracts. Its many seeds are an important food to ducks, geese and other water birds.