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HEATH RUSH

Juncus squarrosus

Rushes Family [Juncaceae]

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status
statusZnative
flower
flower8brown
 
inner
inner8cream
 
morph
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petals
petalsZ6
(3+3)
type
typeZclustered
 
stem
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19th June 2012, on Gun, Staffordshire. Photo: © RWD
Scattered about in clumps on either side of the path.


19th June 2012, on Gun, Staffordshire. Photo: © RWD
Short to medium length, to 50cm, with stiff stems.


19th June 2012, on Gun, Staffordshire. Photo: © RWD
Usually leafless, but when present are about half as long as the flowering spike, wiry and multitudinous around the base of the flowering stalk. Most leaves in the photo are those of a purple-flowered grass.


19th June 2012, on Gun, Staffordshire. Photo: © RWD
With a pair of brownish sheaths each side of a splitting stem.


19th June 2012, on Gun, Staffordshire. Photo: © RWD
The stem splits into several shortish branches. The spike is about equal in height to the flowers.


19th June 2012, on Gun, Staffordshire. Photo: © RWD
The dark brown tepals on the as-yet un-opened flowers are each surrounded by two lighter-brown and white-edged paperish sheaths.


19th June 2012, on Gun, Staffordshire. Photo: © RWD
Several opened flowers with six pale-green stamens and three prominent wispy pale-green stigmas.


19th June 2012, on Gun, Staffordshire. Photo: © RWD
The three prominent stigmas are hairy and contorted.


19th June 2012, on Gun, Staffordshire. Photo: © RWD


19th June 2012, on Gun, Staffordshire. Photo: © RWD
Three inner and three outer petal-like dark-brown, white-edged tepals, six multi-celled stamens, a central three-celled central ovary with a ribbon-like extension bearing three flat, hairy stigmas.


19th June 2012, on Gun, Staffordshire. Photo: © RWD
The leaves (if present) are in a basal rosette, thin, round and wire-like, and only about half as long as the flowering spike. Several sets here amidst flat-bladed grass.


No relation to : Flowering-Rush [a plant with similar name belonging to a totally different family].

Native on bogs and moors and heats on acid soils, mainly avoiding Central England. Very common.


  Juncus squarrosus  ⇐ Global Aspect ⇒ Juncaceae  

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HEATH RUSH

Juncus squarrosus

Rushes Family [Juncaceae]