Botanical name: Juncus thomsonii Family: Juncaceae (Rush family)
Juncus is a genus which consists of about 225 species of grassy plants commonly called rushes. Thomson's Rush is a small perennial herb with stems 5-20 cm. Stems bear a dense globular head of brown or white flowers each. Leaves thread like, all nearly basal, usually 1-3; leaf sheath reddish brown; leaf blade linear, 1-10 cm. Inflorescences terminal; head solitary, 5-10 mm in diam., 2-8-flowered; bracts 3-4, spreading, ovate-lanceolate, 3-8 × 1-3 mm, shorter than head, apex obtuse. Petals yellowish white, straw-colored, or chestnut brown, oblong-lanceolate, 4 mm. Six prominent stamens protrude out. Anthers are linear 1.6-2 mm. It occurs in the Himalayas at altitudes of 3000-5200 m. Flowering: June-September.
Identification credit: Umesh Tiwari
The flower labeled Thomson's Rush is ...