Juncus remotiflorus L.A.S.Johnson

Telopea 5: 315 (1993) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Loosely tufted perennial with horizontal or ascending rhizome. Cataphylls tight or loose, pale to medium brown towards the base, the uppermost sometimes with a pinkish tinge, to c. 13 cm long. Culms erect, dull grey-green to blue-green, sometimes tinged reddish-purple or with a waxy bloom, (15–)30–90 cm high and (0.5–)1–2.7 mm diam.; striations crowded, 40–75, not strongly raised, variable in width but mostly fine; pith interrupted with very large air spaces; stomates superficial. Inflorescence very open, flowers widely spaced along erect or slightly curved (and often reddish) branchlets; primary bract continuous with culm, to c. 30 cm long; prophylls present. Tepals stramineous or with a faintly reddish tinged midrib, 2.5–4.0 mm long; stamens 3–6, anthers 0.5–1.0 mm long. Capsules stramineous, ± with a golden-brown apex, shorter than, equal to, or longer than the tepals, 2.5–4.5 mm long. Flowers mostly Nov.–Jan., seeds shed mostly Nov.–Feb.

CVU, DunT, EGL, GipP, Gold, GGr, HNF, HSF, LoM, MuF, MuM, NIS, VRiv, VVP, Wim. Also Qld, NSW, ACT. Typically a species of drier rainshadow (and often auriferous) areas, occurring along temporary watercourses in dry eucalypt forest or woodland.

Forms of Juncus subsecundus with very open pith and open inflorescences closely resemble J. remotiflorus but have harder culms with fewer, more strongly raised striations. Included within Johnson's (1993) circumscription of J. remotiflorus are plants with as few as 25 culm striations, but plants with so few culm striations have not been collected in Victoria. Juncus radula also somewhat resembles J. remotiflorus (see notes under that species for differences). Hybrids with J. subsecundus and J. amabilis 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
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Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <http://avh.chah.org.au>. Find Juncus remotiflorus in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Juncus remotiflorus in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
Murray Mallee present native
Wimmera present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Victorian Riverina present native
Murray Fans present native
Gippsland 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
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native

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Australian Capital Territory