Sparganium (Bur-reed) is a genus of flowering plants, containing about 20 species in temperate regions of both the Northern and Southern Hemispheres. It was previously placed alone in the family Sparganiaceae. The plants are perennial marsh plants that can grow to 3.5 m (depending on the species), with epicene flowers.
Sparganium, commonly known as the bur-reed, is a genus of aquatic plants of shallow marshes, ponds and streams.
It has been determined from phylogenetic analysis to be the closest living relative of the genus Typha (cat-tail).
Sparganium is an important component of aquatic and marsh vegetation in temperate to arctic regions. It provides food and cover for wildlife and waterfowl.
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