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JUNCACEAE

RUSH FAMILY

Janice Coffey Swab

Annual, perennial herb, generally from rhizomes
Stem round or flat
Leaves generally mostly basal; sheath margins fused, or overlapping and generally with 2 ear-like extensions at blade junction; blade round, flat, or vestigial, glabrous or margin hairy
Inflorescence: head-like clusters or single flowers, variously arranged; bracts subtending inflorescence 2, generally leaf-like; bracts subtending inflorescence branches 1–2, reduced; bractlets subtending flowers generally 1–2, generally translucent
Flower generally bisexual, radial; sepals and petals similar, persistent, green to brown or purplish black; stamens generally 3 or 6, anthers linear, persistent; pistil 1, ovary superior, chambers generally 1 or 3, placentas 1 and basal or 3 and axile or parietal, stigmas generally > style
Fruit: capsule, loculicidal
Seeds 3–many, often with white appendages on 1 or both ends
Genera in family: 9 genera, 325 species: temp, arctic, tropical mtns. Fls late spring to early fall.

JUNCUS

RUSH

Annual, perennial herb; rhizome (if any) generally with scale-like leaves
Stem generally cylindric or flat
Leaf: blade well developed and cylindric or flat, or reduced to small point; crosswalls often present (pull fresh blade apart lengthwise to see or slide leaf between fingers to feel); appendages often present at blade-sheath junction
Inflorescence generally terminal (appearing lateral when pushed aside by lowest inflorescence bract); bractlets 0–2
Flowers: stamens generally 3 or 6 (2 in some very small annual taxa); pistil 1, ovary chambers 1 or 3, placentas axile or parietal, stigmas generally 3(2)
Seeds many
Species in genus: 225 species: worldwide, especially n hemisphere
Etymology: (Latin: to join or bind, from use of stems)
Reference: [Ertter 1986 Mem NY Bot Gard 39:1–90]

Native

J. cooperi Engelm.

Perennial, ± cespitose, 40–80 cm; rhizome short, thick, much-branched; roots large, spongy
Leaves basal; blades short, stiff, cylindric, tips sharp
Inflorescence appearing lateral; lowest bract cylindric, resembling stem, > inflorescence, tip sharp; branches unequal; clusters 2–10-flowered; bracts within inflorescence obvious, > cluster; bractlets white
Flower: perianth segments 5–6 mm (sepals > petals), pale greenish straw, tips acute, firm; stamens 6, large, filaments < anthers
Fruit slightly > perianth, narrowly oblong, 3-angled
Seed with a conspicuous white ridge; appendages unequal
Ecology: Uncommon. Alkaline places
Elevation: < 600 m.
Bioregional distribution: Desert
Distribution outside California: Nevada
Flowering time: May
See the CNPS Inventory for information about endangerment and rarity.
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