JUNCACEAE - Rush Family

Perennial or annual tufted herbs, stems leafy only at base

Leaves - basal, cylindrical to flat, sometimes reduced to a sheath only

Stems pithy

Flowers bisexual, actinomorphic, small, in a variety of inflorescences, perianth scaly, not petaloid or herbaceous


8 genera, 300 species in moist, cool places

Juncus - leaves linear, glabrous, capsule with many seeds

Luzula - leaves flat, lanceolate, pubescent, capsule 3-seeded

Economic uses: basically none, limited use as chair seats

Diagnostic characteristics: Tufted herbs, leaves reduced to a sheath, fruit a capsule

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