Bulbous Marshweed


Bulbous Marshweed (Triglochin bulbosa)


A slender perennial herb, growing between 15 and 45cm high, the bulbous marshweed exhibits a thin flower-spike enclosed by small upright leaves. When bruised the plant emits a powerful smell similar to a Jerusalem artichoke.


The bulbous marshweed prefer brackish regions such as estuaries, marshes and seasonally flooded grasslands.


The fruit of the marshweed is long and thin, between 5 - 10 mm long and consists of three mericarps.

Field Notes

The bulbous marshweed is found in many parts world and in Africa, apart from South Africa, also in Angola, the Congo, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe.