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Juncus pallidus R.Br. APNI*
Description: Tall, strongly rhizomatous perennial.
Culms terete, 70–135 cm long, 2.7–5.2 mm diam., hard, mid-green; culm striations 45–90; pith continuous.
Cataphylls 10–30 cm long, lax, abaxially pale yellow to very dark yellow-brown to dark red-brown at base, adaxially silvery to golden brown. Inflorescence pseudolateral, diffuse, 6–18 cm long; flowers numerous, loosely to densely clustered or solitary; lowest involucral bract 6–35 cm long, longer than or rarely equalling inflorescence. Tepals straw-brown, with ± narrow hyaline or pale yellow margins; outer tepals 2.6–3.4 mm long, longer than or equalling inner tepals. Stamens 6, shorter than outer tepals; anthers 0.8–1.0 mm long.
Capsule longer than or equalling outer tepals, ellipsoid to obovoid, acute to obtuse, not or scarcely apiculate, golden brown.
Distribution and occurrence: Commonly grows on nutrient-poor sandy soils in moist situations, coastal districts south from Newcastle; probably introduced at Coleambally in the Murrumbidgee Irrigation Area.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, SWP, *LHI
Other Australian states: Vic. Tas. W.A. S.A.
Text by K. L. Wilson, L. A. S. Johnson & P. Bankoff
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 4 (1993)
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