Sea Club-rush - Bolboschoenus maritimus

    Alt Name
    Scirpus maritimus

    30 to 100 cm tall with sharply three angled, leafy stems. Leaves keeled, to 10 mm wide with rough edges. Inflorescence either a dense head of spikelets, or more loosely branched. Spikelets are 10 to 20 mm long, ovoid, dark red-brown. Glumes to 7mm long.

    Identification difficulty
    Recording advice

    The County Recorder has asked for a specimen of this plant to be retained for verification


    Wet environments. Mainly coastal but there are a number of records inland.

    When to see it

    Flowers July and August.

    Life History


    UK Status

    Widespread and fairly frequent in coastal areas of Britain, more localised inland.

    VC55 Status

    Very localised in Leicestershire and Rutland and not recorded in the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

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

    UK Map