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Club Rush

Club RushScirpus polyphyllus, S. sylvaticus

The Club-rushes (Scirpus polyphyllus and S. sylvaticus) are leafy and graceful plants that are frequently noticed in low meadows and in swamps.

They are usually from two to six feet tall and bear broad leaves and large terminal umbels of many small spikelets.

These flowering-heads are coloured in dull tones of green and brown, and we must push aside the overshadowing leaves and the low masses of surrounding vegetation in order to find the striking tints of deep carmine, corn-colour, and pale rose which are frequently concealed at the base of stem and leaf.