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Schoenoplectus smithii

Plant of the Day: Schoenoplectus smithii Smith's bulrush

Smith's bulrush is found on sandy lake and river shores in all New England states. There are three varieties, two of which occur in habitats with great daily or seasonal water fluctuations, while the third is found in habitats with little change in water levels. Smith's bul ...

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