Carrizo (Scirpus lacustris)

Scirpus lacustris is the synonymy (that is, another scientific name that denotes exactly the same thing ) of Schoenoplectus lacustris. Their common names are many and varied, according to the different geographical areas from which the word arises, such as lake junk, bon, reed, lake cirp, sedge, among many, etc. In other words, the Scirpus lacustris   is a species of aquatic plant that grows on the banks and that it is possible to plant in aqueous media, even reaching a depth of 50 cm.


Below we will present a quick and effective description of this plant, so that you can recognize it wherever you are and wherever you go. The   Scirpus lacustris is a plant perennial type   that has its roots in Europe (Lapland), Africa and Asia, Oceania (Polynesia) and both Central America and of the North. Their habitat, then, is mainly made up of temperate and cold zones.

Characteristics of the Scirpus lacustris

It is a plant of considerable height that can even measure two and a half meters. His method of pollination of flowers ( which have hermaphroditic reproduction units ) is anemophilia.

Its stem has a rounded shape. The basal leaves are reduced to sheaths. Inflorescences with a large number of spikelets with fascicles are noted. Its fruit is achene-shaped.

What needs does this plant have?

Are you thinking of growing a Scirpus lacustris or are you just curious to know what its specific ecological needs are? Whatever the reason, here we will explain the importance of ensuring favorable soil quality, temperature and lighting for this species .

It is suitable for the cultivation and development of the Scirpus lacustris species, the acidity, alkalinity or neutrality of the soil ( given by its pH ). Its roots will be favored by a sandy, loamy or high clay type substrate. It is resistant to aqueous, humid or even soaked media.

A piece of advice that emerges as a result of what has been said above, is that we must water it in such a way that we can maintain the humidity of the soil, always taking into account its texture, as well as other conditions such as exposure to the sun, humidity of the environment and temperature, among others. Its light requirement is not excessively high or low, which is why it gets along well both with semi-shade and with direct exposure to the sun’s rays and its maximum tolerance to cold is one degree below zero.

Uses of Scirpus lacustris

What can this plant do for humans? Beyond the fact that every living being has importance in itself, it is interesting to ask ourselves about the direct benefits (indirect there are many) that this species presents to our society, so let’s see some of them.

The use of this species occurs fundamentally, in two possible levels, the industrial and the food. In the first one, its stems are grown for their ability to be used as textile fibers. In turn, its rhizomes, like its sprouts, are marketed as vegetables suitable for human consumption, while their value as forage and to fix land is also recovered. On the other hand, the young stalks are good for making paper pulp.

In the second we can consider the use of its young stems as food. Likewise, the raw rhizomes served as food for some North American indigenous peoples, who consumed them dried and ground into flour (ideal especially in periods of scarcity).

In the preceding paragraphs we have navigated in the depths of the life of this plant, from its general characteristics to its ecological needs to know it in its entirety. We have also recognized that its importance to man is not negligible.

Will you then take care of it if you cultivate it or do you meet it on your way? Are you perhaps an ecologist when it comes to the Scirpus lacustris plant ? Nature needs more people to care for all species, so defend it.

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