West Highland Flora

Slender Rush


Juncus tenuis

 

Juncus tenuis

Photo Carl Farmer
13 Oct 2002 Portree, Skye

A rapidly increasing alien, now common on bare ground, particularly on paths and tracks.

Tepals c 3-4 mm long.  Plant somewhat shorter than the common conspicuous rushes, typically 30 cm tall.

ID: Leaves and leaf-like bracts grooved.  Lowest bract much longer than infloresence.

Other features: Tepals narrow and acutely pointed.  Fruit egg-shaped, much shorter than tepals.  Leaf-sheaths end in a pair of pale flimsy, papery auricles which are longer than broad.  Leaves all, or nearly all, from base (not counting leaf-like bracts which are part of inflorescence).  Tepals green becoming pale brown, never dark.

 

Juncus tenuis

Photo Carl Farmer
13 Oct 2002 Portree, Skye

 

Photo Carl Farmer
13 Oct 2002 Portree, Skye


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