Scientific name Schoenoplectus lacustris swamp
Common name Common Club-rush swamp
Community code FW3D


FW3D map: Schoenoplectus lacustris swamp

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This is species-poor swamp community in which Schoenoplectus lacustris typically dominates, forming dense beds. No other species is frequent. Phragmites australis occurs occasionally and can be abundant, less often the beds will contain some stems of Equisetum fluviatile or Typha latifolia. Floating on the water may be found leaves of Nuphar lutea or Potamogeton natans, or perhaps, some Lemna minor.



This community has been recorded predominantly from mesotrophic lakes and pools.  Less frequently it has been found in oligotrophic lakes and in rivers.



No sub-communities are currently described


Similar communities

This community is related to FW2G Schoenoplectus lacustris – Sparganium erectum swamp. In that riverine assemblage, however, Schoenoplectus lacustris is less dominant, and Sparganium erectum, Apium nodiflorum and Phalaris arundinacea are more frequent.


Conservation value

This is a species-poor community of relatively low conservation value. Eriocaulon aquaticum can occur here however and has a strictly limited national distribution.



This community is typically unmanaged. Threats include eutrophication and drainage.