Common Club-rush - Schoenoplectus lacustris


    Tall to 300 cm with creeping rhizomes bearing stout rounded green stems. Inflorescence is a loose cluster of branches bearing clusters of red/brown spikelets, sometimes as dense heads.

    Identification difficulty

    By freshwater rivers, lakes and ponds.

    When to see it

    June to August.

    Life History


    UK Status

    Widespread and fairly common in suitable locations but more common in central and southern England than elsewhere in Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Fairly frequent in suitable locations in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 94 of the 617 tetrads.

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    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

    Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
    Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

    UK Map