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General: Sedge Family (Cyperaceae). California bulrush, a perennial herbaceous plant, is distinguished by long triangular or subterete stems from 5 to 8 feet tall. The leaves are slender, v-shaped blades that are sheathed around the long stem. The flowers are arranged in a spikelet and resemble orange-brown scales. The inflorescence of California bulrush is a larger and more open panicle than hardstem bulrush, with 20 to many spikelets, and it is consistently a reddish brown color. Bulrushes have clonal growth, with stout rootstocks and long, thick, brown rhizomes (underground stems).