Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
Inland Rush (Juncus interior)
- Family: Rush (Juncaceae)
- Flowering: May-August.
- Field Marks: Inland rush has flat leaves and leaf sheaths with short, rounded auricles. The achenes are usually pale brown.
- Habitat: Wet prairies, wet meadows, fallow fields; also in drier habitats.
- Habit: Perennial herb with tufted roots.
- Stems: Erect, smooth, up to 3 feet tall.
- Leaves: Elongated, very narrow, flat, all near the base of the plant, smooth.
- Flowers: Several, scattered, borne along ascending branchlets and not overlapping.
- Sepals: 3, green, very narrowly lanceolate, tapering to a long point, about 1/6 inch long.
- Petals: 3, green, very narrowly lanceolate, tapering to a long point, about 1/6 inch long.
- Stamens: 6.
- Pistils: Ovary superior.
- Fruits: Capsules oblongoid, rounded at the tip, about as long as the sepals and petals.
- Notes: The seeds are eaten by waterfowl.
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