Schoenoplectus pungens

Tracheophyta MagnoliopsidaCyperaceaeSchoenoplectusSchoenoplectus pungens


This rhizomatous perennial was formerly known from the margin of a coastal lake in Jersey, and from a wet, coastal dune-slack near Ainsdale (S. Lancs.). Lowland.



World Distribution

European Temperate element; widespread in N. America.

Broad Habitats

Supralittoral sediment (strandlines, shingle, coastal dunes)

Light (Ellenberg): 8

Moisture (Ellenberg): 10

Reaction (Ellenberg): 7

Nitrogen (Ellenberg): 7

Salt Tolerance (Ellenberg): 1

January Mean Temperature (Celsius): 6.1

July Mean Temperature (Celsius): 16.7

Annual Precipitation (mm): 869

Height (cm): 60

Perennation - primary


Life Form - primary

Perennial hydrophyte (perennial water plant)



Clonality - primary

Rhizome shortly creeping

Count of 10km squares in Great Britain: 0

Count of 10km squares in Ireland: 0

Count of 10km squares in the Channel Isles: 1

JNCC Designations


Atlas text references

Atlas (348b)
Meusel H, Jäger E, Weinert E
1965.  Vergleichende Chorologie der zentraleuropäischen Flora. Volume 1. 2 vols.
Preston CD, Croft JM
1997.  Aquatic plants in Britain and Ireland.