Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
Western Wetland Flora
Field Office Guide to Plant Species
Juncus nevadensis S. Wats.
- Family: Rush (Juncaceae)
- Flowering: June-August
- Field Marks: This rush differs by its septate, terete, hollow leaves, its dark brown sepals and petals, and its short-pointed capsules.
- Habitat: Along streams, in marshes, in wet meadows.
- Habit: Perennial herb with several stems arising from an elongated rhizome.
- Stems: Upright, unbranched, very slender, up to 2 feet tall, smooth.
- Leaves: Elongated, terete, hollow, septate, up to 10 inches long, up to 1/10 inch wide, smooth.
- Flowers: Several crowded into heads, with up to 30 heads in an inflorescence; heads
hemispherical, 1/4-1/2 inch across.
- Sepals: 3, free from each other, dark brown, lanceolate, pointed at the tip, up to 1/4 inch long.
- Petals: 3, free from each other, dark brown, lanceolate, pointed at the tip, a little shorter than the sepals.
- Stamens: 6.
- Pistils: Ovary superior, smooth.
- Fruits: Capsules oblongoid, with a short point at the rounded tip, dark brown, nearly as long as the petals.
- Notes: The seeds are eaten by waterfowl.
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