Juncus pauciflorus R.Br.

Loose-flower Rush

Prodr. 259 (1810) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Tufted perennial with horizontal or ascending rhizomes. Cataphylls tight, dark brown to dark reddish-brown towards the base, to c. 15 cm long. Culms rather lax and often arching, bright shiny green, 20–100 cm high and 0.4–2.2(–3) mm diam.; striations (14–)20–50, not strongly raised to moderately strongly raised; pith cobwebby, continuous or very rarely slightly interrupted; stomates superficial. Inflorescence loose, flowers typically remotely separated (rarely close) along lax and often strongly curved branchlets; primary bract continuous with culm, to c. 40 cm long; prophylls present. Tepals stramineous or with a brown to red-brown longitudinal band on either side of the stramineous midrib, 2.0–3.0 mm long; stamens 6, anthers 0.3–0.8 mm long. Capsules often with a reddish-brown to golden-brown apex, exceeding the tepals, 2.2–3.5 mm long. Flowers mostly Nov.–Jan., seeds shed mostly Jan.–Apr.

Brid, CVU, DunT, EGL, EGU, GipP, Glep, Gold, GGr, HFE, HNF, HSF, MonT, 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. Most frequently encountered in moist shady sites.

A distinctive species, but occasionally confused with Juncus usitatus, J. alexandri subsp. alexandri and J. continuus. Hybrids with J. procerus and J. pallidus 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 pauciflorus in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Juncus pauciflorus in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Wimmera present native
Glenelg Plain present native
Bridgewater present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Victorian Riverina 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
Monaro Tablelands present native
Highlands-Far East present native
Victorian Alps present native

State distribution

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Western Australia
South Australia
New South Wales