Juncus aridicola L.A.S.Johnson APNI*
Description: Shortly rhizomatous perennial. Culms terete, 55–115 cm long, 1.3–5.5 mm diam., soft, grey-green, often glaucous; culm striations 40–115; pith interrupted.
Cataphylls 9–24 cm long, ± lax, abaxially yellow-brown, often pink-tinged, to red-brown at base, adaxially silvery to golden brown.
Inflorescence pseudolateral, diffuse, 6–14 cm long; flowers numerous, solitary or occasionally loosely clustered; lowest involucral bract 10–40 cm long, longer than inflorescence. Tepals straw-brown, with broad hyaline margins; outer tepals 1.8–3.0 mm long, longer than or equalling inner tepals. Stamens 3 (rarely to 6), shorter than outer tepals; anthers 0.4–0.9 mm long.
Capsule longer than outer tepals, ellipsoid, broad-acute to obtuse, not or scarcely apiculate, golden brown.
Distribution and occurrence: Widespread in western divisions, also near Gunnedah and Bulgandry, and Megalong Valley; introduced in the Sydney region.
in seasonally or permanently wet situations.
NSW subdivisions: *CC, NT, CT, NWS, CWS, SWS, NWP, SWP, NFWP, SFWP, *LHI
Other Australian states: Qld Vic. W.A. S.A. N.T.
Branches of inflorescence often flexuous. Culms may be glaucours or not in the same population. It hybridizes with J. subglaucus in the NE of its range.
Text by K. L. Wilson, L. A. S. Johnson & P. Bankoff (1993); edited KL Wilson (July 2016, NOv 2022)
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 4 (1993)
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