Juncus firmus L.A.S.Johnson APNI*
Synonyms: Juncus sp. D2 sensu Jacobs & Pickard (1981) APNI*
Description: Strongly rhizomatous perennial.
Culms terete, 55–110 cm long, 2.2–5.0 mm diam., ± hard, blue-green, subglaucous; culm striations 45–80; pith continuous or rarely slightly interrupted below.
Cataphylls 9–27 cm long, ± lax, abaxially dark yellow-brown to dark red-brown or black at very base, adaxially silvery to dark golden brown. Inflorescence pseudolateral, diffuse, 9–17 cm long; flowers numerous, loosely to densely clustered or solitary; lowest involucral bract 12–25 cm long, longer than inflorescence. Tepals straw-brown, with narrow to ± broad hyaline margins; outer tepals 1.5–2.1 mm long, longer than or equalling inner tepals. Stamens 3, shorter than outer tepals; anthers 0.4–0.7 mm long.
Capsule longer than outer tepals, ellipsoid, broad-acute to obtuse, not or scarcely apiculate, golden brown.
Distribution and occurrence: Not common; north from near Bathurst, and on the ranges near Curricabark.
Found on basic soils in wet situations.
NSW subdivisions: NC, NT, CT, NWS, CWS
Other Australian states: Qld
In climatically drier country than J. alexandri and J. laeviusculus. Culms have somewhat sunken stomates (as seen in cross-section).
Text by K. L. Wilson, L. A. S. Johnson & P. Bankoff (1993); edited KL Wilson (July 2016)
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW vol 4 (1993)
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