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Juncus lomatophyllus (Broad-leaved rush)

Kingdom: Plantae
(Unranked): Angiosperms
(Unranked): Monocots
(Unranked): Commelinids
Class: Magnoliopsida
Order: Poales
Family: Juncaceae
Genus: Juncus
Species: J. lomatophyllus
Scientific name: Juncus lomatophyllus
Common name: Broad-leaved rush

Juncus lomatophyllus is a perennial, tufted, leafy rush that can grow >74 cm tall and it is endemic to SE Africa. In New Zealand Juncus lomatophyllus inhabits damp areas and is widespread and locally abundant in northern Westland.The broad leaves (6-15 mm wide) are flattened often with pink base. They tapering gradually from the wide base to a small fine point, bluish-green in colour and are occasionally reddish-tinged near margins and tips; the sheaths are red. The young leafy shoots are attached at the base to creeping stems.Flowering occurs during summer with branched flower heads made up of 3 to 12 clusters of dark-brown to black flowers that develop into seed capsules.



Seed capsule