West Highland Flora

Floating Club-rush


Eleogiton fluitans

Other name: Scirpus fluitans

Scirpus fluitans

Photo Carl Farmer
6 Aug 2003 Dunvegan, Skye

Frequent in lochs and burns

Flower spike c 2-3.5 mm long.  Stems can be up to 50 cm long.

ID: Grass-like water plant with long floating leafy stems, rooting at nodes.  Spikelets solitary on long stalks, consisting of c 3-5 flowers/fruits, whose glumes are green like the rest of the plant.

Other features: Flowers have 3 stamens and 3 stigmas.  No bract at base of spikelet.  Resembles some of the narrow-leaved Pondweeds (e.g Potamogeton pectinatus) but there is no stipule in the leaf axils and the flower-spike is totally different; in the Pondweeds there are many well-separated flowers/fruits on the stalk.

 

Scirpus fluitans

Photo Carl Farmer
6 Aug 2003 Dunvegan, Skye

  Scirpus fluitans

Photo Carl Farmer
6 Aug 2003 Dunvegan, Skye

 

Scirpus fluitans

Photo Carl Farmer
6 Aug 2003 Dunvegan, Skye

  Scirpus fluitans

Photo Carl Farmer
9 Aug 2003 Sligachan, Skye

 

Scirpus fluitans

Photo Carl Farmer
9 Aug 2003 Sligachan, Skye


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