Growth and development of giant burreed (Sparganium eurycarpum ).

JW III Leif, E A Oelke

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Outdoor experiments were conducted at two locations in Minnesota to characterize the growth, development, and vegetative reproduction potential of giant burreed grown with and without wild rice. Giant burreed growth was influenced by environment more than the presence of wild rice. Shoots emerged from corms 2 to 3 wk after planting (WAP), and continued throughout the growing season. Giant burreed attained a maximum height of 135 cm with an average 36 shoots/plant. Rhizome production started 4 to 6 WAP, and continued throughout the growing season. Corm formation at the base of shoots started 8 WAP and continued throughout the growing season. Rhizomes grew to a maximum cumulative length of 2500 cm/plant spreading in all directions and produced up to 250 buds/plant. Corm and rhizome bud viability was 15 and 10%, respectively.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)849-854
Number of pages6
JournalWeed Technology
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1990


  • ecology
  • aquatic organisms
  • growth
  • vegetative propagation
  • Minnesota
  • Zizania palustris
  • zizania-palustris
  • aquatic plants
  • wild rice
  • development
  • aquatic weed
  • spgeu
  • Oryza sativa
  • plant development
  • aquatic weeds
  • corms
  • rhizomes
  • vegetative growth
  • weed biology
  • Aquatic weeds
  • biology
  • plant competition
  • Weeds
  • USA, Minnesota
  • D 04640:Other angiosperms
  • Ecology Abstracts
  • effects on
  • Sparganium eurycarpum
  • vegetative reproduction


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