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Schoenoplectiella purshiana (Fernald) Lye
weakstalk bulrush

General Information
Symbol: SCPU14
Group: Monocot
Family: Cyperaceae
Duration: Annual
Growth Habit: Graminoid
Native Status: CAN   N
L48   N
Data Source and Documentation
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Native Status:
lower 48 status L48    Alaska status AK    Hawaii status HI    Puerto Rico status PR    Virgin Islands status VI    Navassa Island NAV    Canada status CAN    Greenland status GL    Saint Pierre and Michelon status SPM    North America NA   


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Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913. An illustrated flora of the northern United States, Canada and the British Possessions. 3 vols. Charles Scribner's Sons, New York. Vol. 1: 329. Provided by Kentucky Native Plant Society. Scanned by Omnitek Inc. Usage Requirements.



Symbol Scientific Name Other Common Names
SCJUP Schoenoplectus juncoides (Roxb.) Palla ssp. purshianus (Fernald) Soják
SCPU13 Schoenoplectus purshianus (Fernald) M.T. Strong weakstalk bulrush
SCDE4 Scirpus debilis Pursh, non Lam.
SCHO7 Scirpus hotarui auct. non Ohwi
SCJUD Scirpus juncoides Roxb. var. digynus (Boeckeler) T. Koyama
SCJUW Scirpus juncoides Roxb. var. williamsii (Fernald) T. Koyama
SCPU4 Scirpus purshianus Fernald
SCSMW Scirpus smithii A. Gray var. williamsii (Fernald) T. Beetle


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Rank Scientific Name and Common Name
Kingdom Plantae – Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta – Vascular plants
Superdivision Spermatophyta – Seed plants
Division Magnoliophyta – Flowering plants
Class Liliopsida – Monocotyledons
Subclass Commelinidae
Order Cyperales
Family Cyperaceae – Sedge family
Genus Schoenoplectiella Lye – bulrush
Species Schoenoplectiella purshiana (Fernald) Lye – weakstalk bulrush

Subordinate Taxa

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Legal Status

Threatened and Endangered Information:
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Scirpus purshianus
weak bulrush
Scirpus purshianus
weakstalk bulrush

Wetland Status

Interpreting Wetland Status


SCPU13  Schoenoplectus purshianus (Fernald) M.T. Strong

North America
Atlantic and Gulf Coastal Plain OBL
Eastern Mountains and Piedmont OBL
Great Plains OBL
Midwest OBL
Northcentral & Northeast OBL



Source Large Mammals Small Mammals Water Birds Terrestrial Birds


Source Large Mammals Small Mammals Water Birds Terrestrial Birds

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