Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
Torrey Rush (Juncus torreyi)
- Family: Rush (Juncaceae)
- Flowering: July-October.
- Field Marks: Torrey rush, with spherical heads up to 1/2 inch in diameter, has the largest heads of any rush.
- Habitat: Sandy or muddy banks of rivera and streams, around ponds and lakes, wet prairies, wet meadows roadside ditches.
- Habit: Perennial herb with rhizomes.
- Stems: Erect, smooth, unbranched, up to 3 feet tall.
- Leaves: Elongated, terete, hollow.
- Flowers: Borne in spherical heads up to 1/2 inch in diameter, with up to 20 heads per stem.
- Sepals: 3, greenish brown, tapering to a slender point, up to 1/8 inch long.
- Petals: 3, greenish brown, tapering to a slender point, up to 1/8 inch long.
- Stamens: 6.
- Pistils: Ovary superior.
- Fruits: Capsules narrowly lanceloid, tapering to a point, as long as or longer than the sepals and petals.
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