Juncus tenuis Willd. APNI*
Description: Tufted perennial with short rhizome. Culms terete to slightly compressed, 10–50 (rarely to 90) cm long, 0.8–1.5 mm diam.
Leaves basal, shorter than to occasionally equalling culms; blade flat to slightly canaliculate, 0.7–1.5 mm wide; auricles 0.5–4 mm long; sheath pale yellowish.
Inflorescence terminal, diffuse, 1–9 cm long, usually 4–30-flowered; flowers solitary or loosely clustered towards apex of branches; involucral bracts 2 or 3 (rarely 1), well-developed, with the 2 lowermost bracts generally longer than inflorescence, 5–20 cm long. Tepals straw-brown, often tinged darker yellowish to red-brown, with broad hyaline margins; outer tepals 3.0–4.5 mm long, longer than or equalling inner. Stamens 6, shorter than tepals; anthers 0.3–0.6 mm long, shorter than (or rarely equalling) filaments.
Capsule shorter than outer tepals, ovoid, obtuse, apiculate, golden brown.
Distribution and occurrence: Naturalized, scattered, mostly near towns and other areas of human disturbance. Native of N Amer.
NSW subdivisions: *CC, *NT, *CT, *ST, *SWS
Other Australian states: *Vic. *Tas.
Text by K. L. Wilson, L. A. S. Johnson & P. Bankoff (1993); edited KL Wilson (Nov 2022)
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 4 (1993)
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