Asian Bur-Reed
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Asian Bur-Reed
P Native Photo: Ankush Dave
Common name: Asian Bur-Reed
Botanical name: Sparganium stoloniferum subsp. stoloniferum    Family: Typhaceae (Reedmace family)
Synonyms: Sparganium asiaticum, Sparganium greenei

Asian Bur-Reed is an aquatic herb with stems emerging above water, erect, robust, 70-120 cm tall or more. Leaves are 40-90 cm x 7-16 mm, upper flattened, lower keeled or trigonous on lower side. Flowers are borne in panicles 20-60 cm, with 3-7 lateral branches, each with 7-11 male heads and 1 or 2 female heads; main axis consisting of 3-5 or more male heads. Male flowers have tepals spoon-shaped, lobate at tip; filaments about 3 mm; anthers obconic, 1-1.2 x about 0.5 mm. Female flowers have tepals 5-7 x 1-1.5 mm; ovary stalkless; styles forked or simple, about 1.5 mm; stigmas 3-4 mm. Fruit is obconic, 6-9 mm, ribbed. Asian Bur-Reed is found in Temperate Asia to Himalaya. Flowering: May-October.
Medicinal uses: In local medicine, a decoction of root is used in the treatment of chest pains and abdominal pain.

Identification credit: J.M. Garg Photographed in Gonda, Uttar Pradesh.

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