Juncus pauciflorus R.Br. APNI*
Synonyms: Juncus pauciflorus var. gunnii (Hook.f.) Buchenau APNI*
Description: Slender, shortly rhizomatous perennial. Culms terete, 15–55 (occasionally to 85) cm long, 0.5–1.7 (rarely to 2.5) mm diam., soft, often spreading from base, mid-green; culm striations 17–40; pith continuous.
Cataphylls 3–15 cm long, tight, abaxially red-brown to dark red-brown or black at base, adaxially silvery to golden brown.
Inflorescence pseudolateral, diffuse, 2–5 (rarely to 10) cm long; flowers numerous, solitary; lowest involucral bract 6–15 (rarely to 32) cm long, longer than inflorescence. Tepals straw-brown, often tinged red-brown, with narrow hyaline margins; outer tepals 2.0–2.8 mm long, longer than or equalling inner tepals. Stamens (rarely 4) 6, shorter than outer tepals; anthers 0.3–0.7 mm long.
Capsule longer than outer tepals, ellipsoid to obovoid, golden brown, often red-brown near apex, broad-acute to obtuse, not or scarcely apiculate.
Distribution and occurrence: South from Gloucester Tops on coastal ranges and tablelands.
Grows mostly in shady, moist situations.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, NT, CT, ST
Other Australian states: Vic. Tas. W.A. S.A.
Culms are gnerally more shining than in other species.
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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