Juncus microcephalus Kunth APNI*
Description: Tufted or shortly rhizomatous perennial.
Culms terete or slightly compressed, 20–80(-120) cm long, 0.9–3.0 (rarely to 4) mm diam.
Leaves unitubulose, spread along culms, shorter than or equalling culms; blade terete to slightly compressed, 0.8–3.5 mm diam.; auricles 1.5–3.5 mm long. Inflorescence terminal, diffuse, 4–18 cm long; flowers clustered at apex of branches, 3–10 (rarely to 20) flowers per cluster and 5–35 clusters per inflorescence; involucral bract 1, well-developed, 1.4–6 cm long, shorter than inflorescence. Tepals usually red-brown or occasionally straw-brown, with broad hyaline to whitish margins; outer tepals 2.5–3.6 (rarely to 4.5) mm long, equalling or slightly longer than inner tepals. Stamens 6, shorter than outer tepals; anthers 0.4–0.7 mm long. Capsule shorter than (rarely equalling or slightly longer than) outer tepals, obovoid to ellipsoid, obtuse, apiculate, dark red-brown at least near apex.
Capsule shorter than (rarely equalling or slightly longer than) outer tepals, obovoid to ellipsoid, obtuse, apiculate, dark red-brown at least near apex.
Distribution and occurrence: Naturalized in damp, disturbed situations; scattered, recorded for Gloucester Tops, Newcastle and Sydney region. Native of S Amer.
NSW subdivisions: *NC, *CC, *NT, *CT
Other Australian states: *Vic. *Tas. *W.A.
Text by K. L. Wilson, L. A. S. Johnson & P. Bankoff
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 4 (1993)
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