Sparganium eurycarpum

Family (Traditional)Typhaceae
Species:Sparganium eurycarpum Engelm.
Common NameBroadfruit BurReed
Growth Habitgraminoid
Plant Notes**
CharacteristicsArmaments: No; Milky Sap: No; Photosynthetic: Yes; Stipules: No; Woody Herbaceous: Herbaceous; Duration: Perennial; General Ecology: Aquatic; General Ecology: Mudflat; Growth Habit: graminoid; Region of Origin: North America; Leaf Arrangement: alternate; Leaf Complexity: simple; Leaf Dissection: 0; Leaf Fragrance: No; Leaf Persistance: Deciduous; Leaf Petiole Type: sessile; Leaf Type: grass-like; Leaf Type: sword-like; Leaf Venation: parallel; Leaflet Margins: entire; Leaflet Number: 0; Anther Type: Basifixed; Base Flower Color: Green; Base Flower Color: White; Carpel Number/Pistil: 1; Carpel Number/Pistil: 2; Fruit Dehiscence: No; Fruit Type: Achene; Fruit Type: Drupe; Fruit Wet/Dry: Dry; Fruit Wet/Dry: Wet; Hypanthium Present: No; Inflorescence Position: terminal; Inflorescence Types: head; Ovary Position: Superior; Overall Flower Symmetry: N/A; Ovules per Carpel: 1; Perianth Present: Yes; Petal Fusion: No; Petal Number: 0; Pistil Complexity: Compound; Pistil Number: 1; Placentation Type: Apical; Sepal Fusion: No; Sepal Number: 0; Sexuality: monoecious; Sporangium Arrangement: N/A; Stamen Number: 2; Stamen Number: 3; Stamen Number: 4; Stamen Number: 5; Stamen Number: 6; Stamen Number: 7; Stamen Number: 8; Tepal Fusion: No; Tepal Number: 3; Tepal Number: 6
C value 5
StatusNative; AGCP (OBL), EMP (OBL) (NWPL); KY[S1?] (State Rank); G5 (Global Rank)
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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
Sparganium californicum Sparganium californicum Greene
Sparganium eurycarpum subsp. eurycarpum Sparganium eurycarpum subsp. eurycarpum
Sparganium eurycarpum var. greenei Sparganium eurycarpum var. greenei (Morong) Graebn.
Sparganium greenei Sparganium greenei Morong

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: Bracken (KY), Henderson (KY), Anderson (TN)

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

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
31234100174414 Bracken Kentucky Deborah White
Sparganium eurycarpum
APSC0069821 Bracken Kentucky
Sparganium eurycarpum
31973000021463 Bracken Kentucky Thieret, John
Sparganium eurycarpum
31973000021462 Bracken Kentucky Thieret, John
Sparganium eurycarpum
31973000019590 Bracken Kentucky
Sparganium eurycarpum
31973000019587 Bracken Kentucky
Sparganium eurycarpum
TENN-V-0012813 Anderson Tennessee
Sparganium eurycarpum
APSC0117032 Henderson Kentucky
Sparganium eurycarpum
31973000019586 Bracken Kentucky
Sparganium eurycarpum
APSC0117033 Henderson Kentucky
Sparganium eurycarpum
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