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Sharp-flowered Rush

Juncus acutiflorus

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Plant Data

Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC
Order:
Poales
Family:
Juncaceae (Rush)
Type:
Flower
Maximum Size:
1 metre tall
Habitats:
Bogs, farmland, grassland, heathland, marshes, meadows, moorland, swamps, wetland, woodland.

Flower:
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Brown, 6 petals
 
Greenish-brown with sharply pointed sepals. Jointed Rush (Juncus articulatus) is a similar-looking species but the petals and sepals of Sharp-flowered Rush are lighter. In Jointed Rush, they are almost black. Also, the flower branches are more horizontal than those of Jointed Rush.
Fruit:
A sharp-pointed brown capsule.
Leaves:
2 to 4 round or elliptical leaves in cross-section. The similar-looking Jointed Rush has got curved stems and Sharp-flowered Rush has got straight stems.
Frequency (UK):
Common  
Distribution Map

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