Calflora
Taxon  Report   7698    
Sparganium natans  L.
Small bur reed
Sparganium natans
© 2009 Keir Morse
Photos from
CalPhotos / Calflora
Sparganium natans, a monocot, is a perennial herb (rhizomatous) that is native to California, is also found elsewhere in North America and beyond, (questionable).
also called Sparganium minimum
CNPS Rare Plant Rank: 4.3 (limited distribution).   8th Edition

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Sparganium natans
© 2004 Dean Wm. Taylor
Family: TYPHACEAE  
Genus: Sparganium
Communities: Freshwater Wetlands, wetland-riparian

Wetlands: Occurs in wetlands

Habitat: lake-margins, edges

Name Status:
Accepted by JEF + CNPS + PLANTS

Alternate Names:
PLANTS: Sparganium natans var. minimum
ICPN + CNPS + PLANTS: Sparganium minimum
More information about  Sparganium natans
Nursery / seed vendor availability from CNPLX
Commercial availability unknown.
Landscaping information from Calscape
Photos on PlantID.net   /   Google Images
Jepson eFlora

Records from the Consortium of California Herbaria

ITIS Original Publication citation

USDA PLANTS Profile (SPNA)

Search the International Plants Names Index

Search efloras.org (Flora of North America)

website references from Google


Suggested Citation
Calflora: Information on California plants for education, research and conservation,
with data contributed by public and private institutions and individuals, including the Consortium of California Herbaria.
[web application]. 2018. Berkeley, California: The Calflora Database [a non-profit organization].
Available: https://www.calflora.org/   (Accessed: Nov 15, 2018).

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