E-Flora BC: Electronic Atlas of the Flora of British Columbia

Scheuchzeria palustris L.
marsh Scheuchzeria (rannoch-rush; scheuchzeria)
Scheuchzeriaceae (Scheuchzeria family)

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Scheuchzeria palustris ssp. americana

Species Information

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Perennial, aquatic herb from long rhizomes, rooting at the nodes; stems 10-40 cm tall.
Basal leaves linear, 10-40 cm long, parallel-lined, sheathing, persistent; stem leaves reduced upwards, the ligules 1-10 mm long, the blades erect, 1-3 mm wide.
Inflorescence of 3- to 12-flowered racemes, the greenish-white flowers on stalks up to 2.5 cm long; perianth segments 6, oblong, 1-nerved, about 3 mm across; stamens 6.
Follicles, 5-10 mm long, beaked, the beaks up to 1 mm long; seeds 4-5 mm long.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Lakeshores and bogs in the lowland and montane zones; frequent in SW, C and E BC; circumpolar; N to AK, YT and NT, E to NF and S to ME, NY, PA, OH, IN, WI, MN, ND, WY, ID and CA; Eurasia.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


Ecological Framework for Scheuchzeria palustris

The table below shows the species-specific information calculated from
original data (BEC database) provided by the BC Ministry of Forests and Range.
(Updated August, 2013)

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Value / Class




Elevation (metres) 100 761 1480
Slope Gradient (%) 0 0 20
Aspect (degrees)
[0 - N; 90 - E; 180 - S; 270 - W]
26 189 350
Soil Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
5 7 8
Modal Nutrient Regime
Number of field plots
 species was recorded in:
Modal BEC Zone Class
All BEC Zones (# of stations/zone) species was recorded in: BG(1), BWBS(3), CWH(13), ESSF(2), ICH(17), IDF(1), MS(1), PP(1), SBPS(3), SBS(48)

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