Juncus effusus L.  
Family: Juncaceae
common rush, soft rush
[Juncus effusus var. costulatus L., Juncus effusus var. pylaei L., Juncus pylaei Laharpe]
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Stephen L. Solheim  
Etymology: Juncus: the classical Latin name for the rush, possibly from jungere, "to join or bind," because the stems were used for binding
Plants: erect, perennial, > 40" tall, semi-aquatic, emergent rush; stems narrow, cylindrical, smooth; only reddish sheaths at the base of the stem; dense rootstalk
Leaves: only a reddish-brown sheath at stem base
Flowers: 6-parted; inflorescence each flower is at end of thin stalk
Fruits: capsule
Habitat: wet; wet meadows, shallows
Conservation Status: Native
- inflorescence appearing lateral

- stem leaves without blades

- stamens 3

- stems clumped (not rhizomatous)

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Paul Drobot  
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Robert W. Freckmann  
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Botanical Ilustration  
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Kurt Stüber  
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