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Juncus sp.

A rush at Molonglo Valley, ACT

Juncus sp. at Molonglo Valley, ACT - 14 Feb 2022
Juncus sp. at Molonglo Valley, ACT - 14 Feb 2022
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Identification history

Juncus sp. 16 Feb 2022 michaelb
Juncus sp. 16 Feb 2022 michaelb
Juncus australis 15 Feb 2022 sangio7
Juncus usitatus 15 Feb 2022 sangio7

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5 comments

Tapirlord wrote:
   16 Feb 2022
Probably australis, but I agree with Michael, a species ID is too difficult from the photos provided. If you are interested in taking these rushes beyond genus, then ideally photos of the inflorescence (both an up-close general shot, and a shot of how it sprouts from the culm) are required, it is also a good idea to check for leaves (present in a number of local species), and provide information about the height of the plant, the number of flowers per cluster and the nature of culm (glaucous, sub-glaucous, blue, green or brown-colored), etc... There are around 25 local species so it's a lot to get one's head around!!
Tapirlord wrote:
   16 Feb 2022
In saying this, it could just as likely be J.flavidus, J.vaginatus or J.gregiflorus....
michaelb wrote:
   16 Feb 2022
Thanks Ciaran
sangio7 wrote:
   16 Feb 2022
Thanks for that. I guess Michael's verdict was not unexpected. My ID was based on comparison, with the photos of Murray Fagg on the anbg/anh plant image index, of the shape of the infloresceces and how they cluster, from which I narrowed it down to australis and usitatus, with australis being closer.

These rushes and sedges sure are difficult, so it's no surprise there are so few sightings reported in relation to how many there are around this year.
Very frustrating being surrounded by all these different species and not being able to positively ID them. Hopefully I can get my physicist's head around your tips and make a bit more progress before this dry spell we've moved into finishes them off.

On a positive note, I was very pleased with my other sightings yesterday. The spot I was working in was so much better (in diversity and numbers of native plants) than I was expecting in that spot. 27 native species observed and the masses of Tricoryne elatior were a real delight to see. Perhaps our years of weed control there is paying off and certainly my time yesterday was well spent.
Tapirlord wrote:
   16 Feb 2022
It is a good source of photos but worth noting that all local members of the genus are not actually represented (around 10 species missing).

It's a shame really with the rushes and grass being so plentiful this year, but yes ID becomes much harder once we take away the flashy flower haha. Just goes to show the importance of adding field notes to one's sightings. But hopefully, with what I have said in mind we should be able to get a more certain ID next time around.

Glad to hear that Kama and its surroundings are flourishing, the forests and grasslands of Mugga, Red hill, and Farrer ridge nature reserves (on my side of town) are stocked with Eleocharis, Juncus, and Cyperus glorious to see the bush so alive!

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Kickxia elatine (Sharpleaf Cancerwort) at Molonglo Valley, ACT - 1 May 2022 by sangio7 Lysimachia arvensis (Scarlet Pimpernel, Blue Pimpernel) at Molonglo Valley, ACT - 22 Feb 2022 by sangio7 Tricoryne elatior (Yellow Rush Lily) at Molonglo Valley, ACT - 14 Feb 2022 by sangio7 Cyclosa fuliginata (species-group) (An orb weaving spider) at Molonglo Valley, ACT - 14 Feb 2022 by sangio7 Lythrum hyssopifolia (Small Loosestrife) at Molonglo Valley, ACT - 13 Feb 2022 by sangio7 Cyperus sphaeroideus (Scented Sedge) at Molonglo Valley, ACT - 13 Feb 2022 by sangio7 Tolpis barbata (Yellow Hawkweed) at Molonglo Valley, ACT - 13 Feb 2022 by sangio7 Caesia calliantha (Blue Grass-lily) at Molonglo Valley, ACT - 8 Feb 2022 by sangio7 Asperula conferta (Common Woodruff) at Molonglo Valley, ACT - 3 Oct 2021 by sangio7
Kickxia elatine (Sharpleaf Cancerwort) at Molonglo Valley, ACT - 1 May 2022 by sangio7
Lysimachia arvensis (Scarlet Pimpernel, Blue Pimpernel) at Molonglo Valley, ACT - 22 Feb 2022 by sangio7
Tricoryne elatior (Yellow Rush Lily) at Molonglo Valley, ACT - 14 Feb 2022 by sangio7
Cyclosa fuliginata (species-group) (An orb weaving spider) at Molonglo Valley, ACT - 14 Feb 2022 by sangio7
Lythrum hyssopifolia (Small Loosestrife) at Molonglo Valley, ACT - 13 Feb 2022 by sangio7
Cyperus sphaeroideus (Scented Sedge) at Molonglo Valley, ACT - 13 Feb 2022 by sangio7
Tolpis barbata (Yellow Hawkweed) at Molonglo Valley, ACT - 13 Feb 2022 by sangio7
Caesia calliantha (Blue Grass-lily) at Molonglo Valley, ACT - 8 Feb 2022 by sangio7
Asperula conferta (Common Woodruff) at Molonglo Valley, ACT - 3 Oct 2021 by sangio7

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  • 16 - 100 Abundance
  • 14 Feb 2022 11:03 AM Recorded on
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