Juncus usitatus

Billabong Rush

Densely tufted perennial rush spreading from underground stems. Erect yellow-green stems to 2mm diam. with raised, crowded ridges. Pith white, interrupted, air spaces and pith equal.

Additional information

  • FamilyJuncaceae
  • StoreyLower storey
  • Size0.3-1.2 m x 0.3-1.5 m
  • Plant groupingGrasses, Rushes & Sedges
  • LeavesLeaves reduced to a basal sheath to 18 cm long, dark brown to reddish brown towards the base.
  • Flower colourPale brown
  • Flowering timeNovember to February
  • FlowersDense to open flowerhead with flowers scattered along few to many branches; 3 stamens. Main bract continues above flowers for 25 cm. Capsules pale brown with darker tips, longer than flowers.
  • Bird attractingSeeds
  • Butterfly attractingNo
  • Frog habitatYes
  • Growing conditionsMoist to wet riparian scrubs. Full sun, semi shade.
  • Garden usePlant in or beside water areas.
  • Commercially availableNo information available
  • Conservation statusScattered distribution across the Shire.
Photographer/s: Marilyn Bull ©

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