Scirpus georgianus Harper
Habitat: Wet fields, graminoid marshes, ditches, open seasonally wet areas.
Range: Newfoundland to Minnesota; south to Georgia
Aids to Identification: This perennial bulrush grows in dense, low tufts up to 1.5 meters in height. The flower clusters are terminal on stems. Spikelets are clustered (4-35) and are sessile, ovoid, and 2-4 x 1-2 mm. Scales are brown or blackish brown with pale midribs, elliptic, and are 1 to 1.8 mm. The perianth bristles are persistent when present, 0-3, slender, straight or curved, and much shorter than the achene.
Ecological characteristics: None noted.
Phenology: Fruits June (southward) - early September.
Synonyms: Formerly known as Scirpus atrovirens var. georgianus (Harper) Fern.
Known Distribution in Maine: This rare plant has not been documented in Maine.
Reason(s) for rarity: At northern limit of range.