Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
Western Wetland Flora
Field Office Guide to Plant Species
Juncus drummondii E. Meyer
- Family: Rush (Juncaceae)
- Flowering: July-August
- Field Marks: This rush is recognized by its 1-4 flowers near the tip of the stem, subtended by a short bract that appears to be a continuation of the stem. The capsules usually have a shallow notch at the tip, and the seeds have a long "tail" at
- Habitat: Wet meadows, moist woods, along streams, sometimes above timberline.
- Habit: Tufted perennial herb with fibrous roots.
- Stems: Upright, unbranched, terete, up to 18 inches tall, smooth.
- Leaves: Reduced to sheaths, or only with a bristle-like blade up to 2 1/2 inches long.
- Flowers: 1-4 near the tip of the stem, subtended by a bract that appears to be a continuation of the stem; bract terete, smooth, up to 2 inches long.
- Sepals: 3, lanceolate, 1/4-1/3 inch long, pointed at the tip.
- Petals: 3, lanceolate, 1/4-1/3 inch long but usually slightly shorter than the sepals, pointed at the tip.
- Stamens: 6.
- Pistils: Ovary superior, smooth.
- Fruits: Capsules ellipsoid, shallowly notched at the tip, 1/4-1/3 inch long; seeds up to 1/10 inch long, whitish, with a slender "tail" at each end.
- Notes: The seeds are eaten by waterfowl.
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