There are 4 verified occurrences, 8 historical occurrences.
Most occurrences of Slender Bulrush in New York occur in emergent marshes along slow-moving creeks or rivers, often at their mouths, in water depths of up to a meter (New York Natural Heritage Program 2011). Fresh, often calcareous marshes and lakes, often emergent in water to 1.5 m (FNA 2002). Margins of freshwater lakes and streams (Gleason & Cronquist 1991). Calcareous or other basic deadwaters, shores and swamps (Fernald 1970).
Scattered but mostly east and west of Adirondacks.
Distinguishing characteristics: culms slender; inflorescence panicle with ascending to spreading very slender smooth to barely scabrous rays; bractlets whitish-brown, glabrous; spikelets mostly solitary, peduncled, rather few flowered, pale brown to drab or whitish-green, lance-acuminate to slenderly ellipsoid, acute to subacuminate, 0.75-2.3 cm long; scales glabrous, firm or subcoriaceous, much exceeding the achenes; bristles 2-4 (mostly 2), fragile, unequal, shorter than the achene; style 3-cleft; achenes unequally trigonous (twice as broad as thick). Best life stage for ID: in fruit. Characteristics needed to ID: mature achenes.
Scirpus acutus Muhl. has stouter stems; the inflorescence panicle is stiffer with relatively fewer rays; the spikelets are mostly in glomerules; scales are deep brown or reddish and more or less viscid-pubescent; the flowers are bicarpellate and achenes plano-convex, or occasionally some tricarpellate and unequally trigonous. Scirpus validus Vahl. stems are soft and easily crushed between the fingers; the inflorescence tends to be more open with drooping rays; spikelets are smaller (seldom over 1 cm); the scales are deep brown or reddish, about as long as the achenes; achenes are plano-convex.
Flowers in June, fruits in July to early August.
The time of year you would expect to find Slender Bulrush flowering and fruiting in New York.
Schoenoplectus heterochaetus (Chase) Soják
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Weldy, T. and D. Werier. 2010. New York flora atlas. [S.M. Landry, K.N. Campbell, and L.D. Mabe (original application development), Florida Center for Community Design and Research http://www.fccdr.usf.edu/. University of South Florida http://www.usf.edu/]. New York Flora Association http://newyork.plantatlas.usf.edu/, Albany, New York
Information for this guide was last updated on: August 9, 2011
Please cite this page as:
New York Natural Heritage Program. 2023. Online Conservation Guide for Schoenoplectus heterochaetus. Available from: https://guides.nynhp.org/slender-bulrush/. Accessed June 6, 2023.