Trichophorum cespitosum

Family (Traditional)Cyperaceae
Species:Trichophorum cespitosum (L.) Hartm.
Common NameTufted Bulrush
Growth Habitgraminoid
Plant Notes**
CharacteristicsArmaments: No; Milky Sap: No; Photosynthetic: Yes; Stipules: No; Woody Herbaceous: Herbaceous; Duration: Perennial; General Ecology: Terrestrial; Growth Habit: graminoid; Moisture Requirements: Xeric; Moisture Requirements: Sub-xeric; Moisture Requirements: Dry-mesic; Moisture Requirements: Mesic; Moisture Requirements: Mesic-Hydric; Moisture Requirements: Hydric; Moisture Requirements: Wetland; Region of Origin: North America; Reproductive Phenology: August; Reproductive Phenology: September; Leaf Arrangement: alternate; Leaf Arrangement: basal; Leaf Complexity: simple; Leaf Dissection: 0; Leaf Fragrance: No; Leaf Persistance: Deciduous; Leaf Petiole Type: sessile; Leaf Rank: 3-ranked; Leaf Type: grass-like; Leaf Venation: parallel; Leaflet Margins: entire; Leaflet Number: 0; Base Flower Color: Brown (incl. Maroon); Base Flower Color: Green; Fruit Dehiscence: No; Fruit Type: Achene; Fruit Wet/Dry: Dry; Hypanthium Present: No; Ovary Position: Superior; Overall Flower Symmetry: N/A; Perianth Present: No; Sporangium Arrangement: N/A; Stamen Number: 3
C value 8
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Species Distribution Map

This species has been reported in the counties highlighted in the interactive distribution map below. Click on a county to display the its name. Click the question mark icon () to view additional information about the ecoregions shown. In the map legend, there are links to toggle the visibility of the ecoregions and/or their labels. In addition, clicking on an ecoregion name will highlight that region on the map.

  • State Boundaries
  • Counties
  • Counties - Species Present
  • Southeastern Plains
    • Blackland Prarie
  • Blue Ridge Mountains
  • Ridge and Valley
  • Cumberland Plateau
  • Cumberland Mountains
  • Allegheny Plateau
  • Interior Plateau
    • Bluegrass Region
    • Nashville Basin
    • Pennyroyal Karst Plain
    • Western Highland Rim
    • Eastern Highland Rim


SynonymFull Citation
Baeothryon caespitosum Baeothryon caespitosum (L.) A. Dietr.
Baeothryon cespitosum Baeothryon cespitosum (L.) A. Dietr.
Scirpus bracteatus Scirpus bracteatus Bigelow
Scirpus caespitosus Scirpus caespitosus Willd. ex Kunth
Scirpus caespitosus var. callosus Scirpus caespitosus var. callosus Bigelow, orth.
Scirpus caespitosus var. delicatulus Scirpus caespitosus var. delicatulus Fernald, orth.
Scirpus cespitosus Scirpus cespitosus L.
Scirpus cespitosus var. callosus Scirpus cespitosus var. callosus Bigelow
Scirpus cespitosus var. delicatulus Scirpus cespitosus var. delicatulus Fernald
Trichophorum bracteatum Trichophorum bracteatum
Trichophorum caespitosum Trichophorum caespitosum (L.) Hartm., orth.
Trichophorum caespitosum var. callosum Trichophorum caespitosum var. callosum (Bigelow) Mohlenbr., orth.
Trichophorum cespitosum subsp. cespitosum Trichophorum cespitosum subsp. cespitosum

Specimens and Distribution

This species has been reported in the following counties by the herbaria listed. An overview of the individual specimens are provided in the table that follows. Click on the accession number to view details; click on column headers to sort.

Counties included on distribution map: Carter (TN), Sevier (TN)

Herbaria represented by specimen data listed below: APSC, EKY, ETSU, TENN, VDB

Range of years during which specimens were collected: -

Accession No. (click for full details) County State Coll. Date Collector &
Collection No.
Herbarium &
Herbarium Name Used
ETSU002406 Carter Tennessee
Scirpus cespitosus
BRIT167496 Tennessee
Scirpus cespitosus
TENN-V-0040980 Carter Tennessee
Scirpus cespitosus
TENN-V-0040983 Carter Tennessee
Scirpus caespitosus
31234100092046 Carter Tennessee B. Eugene Wofford
Scirpus cespitosus
APSC0038777 Sevier Tennessee
Trichophorum caespitosum
TENN-V-0040981 Carter Tennessee
Scirpus cespitosus
TENN-V-0040982 Carter Tennessee
Scirpus caespitosus
BRIT167495 Tennessee
Scirpus cespitosus
TENN-V-0040979 Carter Tennessee
Scirpus cespitosus
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Plant Photos

Trichophorum cespitosum - Tara Littlefield
Trichophorum cespitosum - Tara Littlefield
Trichophorum cespitosum - Tara Littlefield
Trichophorum cespitosum - Tara Littlefield
Trichophorum cespitosum - Tara Littlefield
Trichophorum cespitosum - Tara Littlefield