Sparganium Research Page

Josh Sulman

Sparganium the bur-reeds: a group of grasslike, aquatic plants with spherical heads of flowers and fruits. Found in wetlands and aquatic habitats across the cool regions of the globe. I study the evolutionary relationships of the 14 (or more) species, and their distributions across gradients in the aquatic environment.

 

A four-gene molecular phylogeny of Sparganium with molecular dating, biogeographic and character evolution analyses, is presented in

Sulman JD, BT Drew, C Drummond, E Hayasaka and KJ Sytsma. 2013. Systematics, biogeography, and character evolution of Sparganium (Typhaceae): Diversification of a widespread, aquatic lineage. American Journal of Botany 100:10

 

 

Cover photo: Sparganium fluctuans (Joshua Sulman)

 

References and Resources:

 

Field Guide to the Sparganium of Wisconsin

 

Photo galleries of Sparganium and other Wisconsin plants

 

Wisconsin’s Sparganium distribution & herbarium records

 

Sparganium in Flora of North America

 

Sparganium in the Middle East:  specimens from Israel and Syria

 

 

In the Works: 

 

Typhaceae treatment (including Typha and Sparganium) in New Manual of Vascular Plants of Northeastern United States and Adjacent Canada – with Galen Smith

 

 

Joshua Sulman, M.S.

Department of Botany

University of Wisconsin-Madison

 

Contact: jdsulman@gmail.com

more info: wiswoodswater.com

 

                                updated January 5, 2014