Juncus pallidus R.Br.

Prodr. 258 (1810) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Tufted robust perennial with horizontal or ascending rhizomes. Cataphylls broad, obtuse, loose or tight, pale to dark brown towards the base, to c. 40 cm long. Culms erect, sometimes faintly glaucous when immature, usually bluish-green to dull green at maturity, 50–220 cm high and (2.5–)3.0–8.0 mm diam.; striations 50–100, not strongly raised to moderately strongly raised; pith moderately dense, continuous; stomates superficial. Inflorescence with flowers typically scattered or occasionally clustered (but not forming distinct subglobular clusters); primary bract continuous with culm, to c. 35 cm long; prophylls present. Tepals stramineous or midrib occasionally reddish tinged, 2.6–3.5 mm long; stamens 6, anthers 0.5–0.9 mm long. Capsules golden-brown, longer than or equal to the tepals, 2.8–3.5 mm long. Pale Rush Flowers mostly Oct.–Jan., seeds shed mostly Dec.–Apr.

Brid, CVU, DunT, EGL, EGU, GipP, Glep, Gold, GGr, HNF, HSF, LoM, MuF, MuM, NIS, OtP, OtR, Strz, VAlp, VRiv, VVP, WaP, WPro, Wim. Also WA, SA, NSW, Tas. New Zealand. A common species on and south of the Great Dividing Range with a few dispersed records to the north. Occurs in a range of habitats, but most commonly collected near-coast.

A distinctive species, but sometimes confused with Juncus semisolidus, J. continuus and J. procerus. Hybrids with J. pauciflorus, J. sarophorus, J. subsecundus, J. amabilis and J. flavidus are known.

Source: Albrecht, D.E. (1994). Juncus. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 2, Ferns and Allied Plants, Conifers and Monocotyledons. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2019-03-04
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Lilianae
order Poales
family Juncaceae
genus Juncus
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <http://avh.chah.org.au>. Find Juncus pallidus in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Juncus pallidus in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
Murray Mallee present native
Wimmera present native
Glenelg Plain present native
Bridgewater present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Victorian Riverina present native
Murray Fans present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Otway Plain present native
Warrnambool Plain present native
Goldfields present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Greater Grampians present native
Dundas Tablelands present native
Northern Inland Slopes present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Wilsons Promontory present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Otway Ranges present native
Strzelecki Ranges present native
Victorian Alps present native

State distribution

Distribution map
Western Australia
Northern Territory
South Australia
New South Wales