Sp. Pl. 1: 372. 1753; Gen. Pl. ed. 5; 174, 1754

Common names: Flowering-rush
Etymology: Greek butomos/butomon, marsh plant from Greek bous, cow, and temno, to cut referring to sharp leaves, known or believed to cut mouths of cattle
Treatment appears in FNA Volume 22.
Plants in fresh water to 2 m deep. Leaves emersed, submersed, or floating; blade triangular proximally, flattened distally. Inflorescences overtopping leaves; scape trianglular; bracts 3, subtending umbel. Flowers: tepals light pink-purple with darker purple veins; stamens in 2 cycles, outer cycle of 3 pairs opposite outer tepals, inner cycle of 3 opposite inner tepals; anthers ovoid; pistils pink. Fruits leathery, beaked.


North America, Eurasia.


Species 1.

Selected References


Lower Taxa

Facts about "Butomus"
AuthorRobert R. Haynes +
AuthorityLinnaeus +
Common nameFlowering-rush +
DistributionNorth America + and Eurasia. +
EtymologyGreek butomos/butomon, marsh plant +, from Greek bous, cow, and temno, to cut + and referring to sharp leaves, known or believed to cut mouths of cattle +
Introducedtrue +
Publication titleSp. Pl. +
Publication year1754 +
ReferenceNone +
Source xmlhttps://jpend@bitbucket.org/aafc-mbb/fna-data-curation.git/src/f50eec43f223ca0e34566be0b046453a0960e173/coarse grained fna xml/V22/V22 407.xml +
Taxon familyButomaceae +
Taxon nameButomus +
Taxon parentButomaceae +
Taxon rankgenus +
VolumeVolume 22 +