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Juncus usitatus (JUNCACEAE) Common Rush, Tussock Rush

Habit

Juncus
Photo: Robert Whyte

Perennial, densely tufted rush, very common on stream banks and other moist places. Occurs naturally throughout Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria.

Juncus means basket binder, usitatus means ordinary.

It is an important locally native plant right on the waters edge, where lots of weeds can take hold. A good species for stabilisation of banks of waterways.

Inflorescence closeup


Juncus
Photo: Robert Whyte

This Juncus can get away from you in the garden, self-sowing readily in times with steady rainfall. It tends to die back or die out in drier conditions.

Tubestock


Juncus
Photo: Robert Whyte

Provides cover and food for animals, such as frogs and nesting sites for birds. Yabbys eat the tender, young stems.