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I have been interested in nature for most of my life but since I retired I spend as much time as I can exploring the nature reserves and wildlife hotspots of my adopted home, Dorset in southern England. Whilst out I record what I see and take snaps where I can (I am no photographer!) and that forms the basis of my Nature of Dorset website. When I find something new I like to research it and write about it in my nature notes, it is how I learn and hopefully you might find my notes helpful as well!

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14 October, 2010

Bulrush (Shoenoplectus lacustris)

Having yesterday said what was NOT a Bulrush (ie: the Reed Mace) I thought perhaps I should answer the obvious question that follows, so what is a Bulrush then?

The Bulrush is the classic reed, a smooth, green, round stemmed plant with a grass-like flower. (Rushes are round, sedges have edges!)

The Bulrush is very common and probably the sort of plant you pass by with a second glance because it is so mundane and has little to attract your attention, although a close look at its little flower that appears in July and August is worth stooping down for..

It grows by rivers, lakes and ponds, especially in silty places, and can be abundant where it occurs