Cuban Bulrush

Oxycaryum cubense

Everyone is familiar with hydrilla as an invasive species. It has positive and negative effects on the Lake Seminole ecosystem. It provides a safe habitat for fish and is responsible for the quality fishery that we have when it is effectively managed. Cuban bulrush is an entirely different story and is our first monthly education topic that you will find on this web site under the EDUCATION tab.

Cuban bulrush was first recorded in Georgia in 1994 and is a perennial plant in the sedge family. Although it has been in Lake Seminole for decades, it was not until hurricane Michael struck in October of 2018 that it launched an invasion. Cuban bulrush is capable of sexual reproduction with seeds and asexual reproduction through vegetative fragmentation. The high winds from hurricane Michael spread the seeds everywhere. The winds also broke up the plants and distributed the fragments for reproduction. As you drive around you can see many ponds along the road completely choked out by Cuban bulrush. Pictures on this page are on Lake Seminole. Many areas of Lake Seminole are becoming impassable except by air boat. Cuban bulrush has no intrinsic or extrinsic value to fish, ducks, or anglers. This invasive does not need to be managed. It needs to be eradicated.

Please click on the attached link for more in depth information on Cuban bulrush.