Juncus phaeanthus L.A.S.Johnson APNI*
Synonyms: Juncus sp. F sensu Jacobs & Pickard (1981) APNI*
Description: Shortly to strongly rhizomatous perennial. Culms terete, 30–100 cm long, 2.0–3.0 mm diam., ± hard, mid-green; culm striations 35–60; pith continuous or occasionally somewhat interrupted with small lacunae.
Cataphylls 5–15 cm long, ± lax, abaxially yellow to dark orange-brown at base, adaxially silvery to golden brown.
Inflorescence pseudolateral, diffuse to head-like, 2–10 cm long; flowers numerous, densely clustered; lowest involucral bract 4–20 cm long, longer than inflorescence. Tepals straw-brown centrally with red-brown sides; outer tepals 2.0–2.9 mm long, longer than inner tepals, with narrow hyaline margins; inner tepals with ± broad hyaline margins. Stamens 3, shorter than outer tepals; anthers 0.4–0.6 mm long.
Capsule longer than or equalling outer tepals, ellipsoid, broad-acute to obtuse, not or scarcely apiculate, red-brown to dark red-brown or occasionally dark golden brown.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in higher altitude areas, commonly above 1200 m; south from Ebor.
In wet situations.
NSW subdivisions: NT, CT, ST
Other Australian states: Vic.
The reddish inflorescence is distinctive.
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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