Juncus holoschoenus R.Br. APNI*
Synonyms: Juncus holoschoenus subsp. holoschoenus R.Br. APNI*
Description: Tufted or shortly rhizomatous perennial. Culms ± terete, 25–75 cm long, 1.1–2.5 mm diam.
Leaves unitubulose, spread along culms, ± equalling culms; blade compressed to ± terete, 1.3–2.8 mm wide; auricles 1.0–3.0 mm long.
Inflorescence terminal, diffuse, 5–22 cm long; flowers clustered at apex of branches, 5–20 (rarely to 40) per cluster and 4–20 (rarely to 45) clusters per inflorescence; involucral bract 1, well-developed, 4–14 cm long, generally shorter than inflorescence, occasionally longer. Tepals straw-brown, usually darker red-brown at apex, with broad hyaline to pale yellowish margins; outer tepals 3.0–4.0 mm long, equalling or slightly shorter than inner tepals. Stamens 6,, shorter than outer tepals; anthers 0.4–0.7 mm long.
Capsule slightly shorter than to slightly longer than outer tepals, narrow-ovoid to oblong, acute to obtuse, apiculate, golden brown to dark golden brown.
Distribution and occurrence: Infrequent on damp sandy soils; south from Ilford, mainly on the tablelands, west to Macquarie Marshes and along the Murray River valley to Barham.
NSW subdivisions: CC, CT, ST, CWS, NWP, SWS, NWP, SWP
Other Australian states: Vic. Tas. W.A. S.A.
Text by K. L. Wilson, L. A. S. Johnson & P. Bankoff (1993); edited KL Wilson (Nov 2012, Nov 2022)
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 4 (1993)
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