Sparganium subglobosum Morong

Floating Bur-reed

Bull. Torrey Bot. Club 15: 81 (1888) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: data deficient (k)

Basal leaves erect, sometimes floating, 37–100 cm long, 1.5–4.5(–9) mm wide. Inflorescence unbranched or up to 3-branched, if branched then terminal branch greatly extending beyond the basal branches. Female heads 1–5 per branch, each subtended by a leaf-like bract. Male heads 7–13 per branch. Fruiting heads 15–20(–23)mm wide. Flowers Dec.–May.

EGL, EGU, GipP, HNF, HSF, NIS, SnM, VAlp, VVP. Also Qld, NSW. New Zealand, eastern Asia. In still or slowly flowing freshwater.

A significant food source for waterbirds (Sainty & Jacobs 1981) and reportedly eaten by stock in dry seasons.

Source: Conn, B.J. (1994). Sparganiaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 2, Ferns and Allied Plants, Conifers and Monocotyledons. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Daniel Ohlsen, 2017-05-31
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Lilianae
order Poales
family Typhaceae
genus Sparganium
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Sparganium subglobosum in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Sparganium subglobosum in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Northern Inland Slopes present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Victorian Alps present native
Snowy Mountains present native

State distribution

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New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory