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Juncus fockei

Slender Joint-leaf Rush

Open, tufted perennial rush. Erect leafy stems, new shoots sometimes rising from lower nodes.

Additional information

  • FamilyJuncaceae
  • StoreyLower storey
  • Sizeto 50 cm high
  • Plant groupingGrasses, Rushes & Sedges
  • LeavesLeaves along stems, hollow, compressed, hardly partitioned, shorter or longer than flowering stems, 1-3 mm wide. Blunt ear-like lobes at tip of leaf sheath margins.
  • Flower colourPale, reddish-tinged
  • Flowering timeNovember to January
  • FlowersBranched flowerhead with 2-55 scattered or close clusters of 3-40 flowers; 6 stamens. Main bract shorter or longer than flowerhead. Capsules golden brown, tapering, longer than flowers.
  • Bird attractingSeeds
  • Butterfly attractingNo
  • Frog habitatYes
  • Growing conditionsMoist soils in swamps and riparian woodlands. Semi shade.
  • Garden usePlant beside or along the edges of dams and water areas.
  • Commercially availableRarely
  • Conservation statusSignificant within the Shire. Known from few local sites. More common in East Gippsland.
  • Related speciesJ. fockei and Juncus holoschoenus are often very difficult to distinguish definitively. These plants are noted as either one or the other. Larger forms of the latter are more obvious. The shape of the nut is important.
Photographer/s: Peter Kinchington ©

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