Flora of Northern Ireland

Swamp

Swamp at Blackers RockA term of American origin, used to describe extremely wet, almost impenetrable, marshes or fens, especially where the vegetation is of tall-growing species. Examples of usage are reed-swamp (stands of common reed, Phragmites australis; a common vegetation type of shallow lake fringes) and very wet fen-carr which is sometimes called alder/willow swamp. Some types of swamp are very rich in plant biodiversity.