Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
Northeast Wetland Flora
Field Office Guide to Plant Species
Juncus brachycephalus (Engelm.) Buchenau
- Family: Rush (Juncaceae)
- Flowering: July-September
- Field Marks: This rush is distinguished by its terete leaves, its seeds with tail-like tips at both
ends, and round-tipped petals with transparent edges.
- Habitat: Marshes, wet fields.
- Habit: Perennial herb with fibrous roots.
- Stems: Upright, smooth, slender, up to 2 1/2 feet tall.
- Leaves: Terete, ribbed, up to 1/10 inch in diameter.
- Flowers: 3-5 in small heads, the heads borne in a sparse cyme.
- Sepals: 3, greenish to light brown, pointed at the tip, shorter than the petals, up to 1/6 inch long.
- Petals: 3, greenish to light brown, rounded at the tip, up to 1/4 inch long, with transparent edges.
- Stamens: 3.
- Pistils: Ovary superior, smooth.
- Fruits: Capsules angular, with a short beak, brown, up to 1/6 inch long; seeds with a short tail at both ends.
- Notes: The seeds are eaten by waterfowl.
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