Bhutan Rush
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Bhutan Rush
P Native Photo: Prashant Awale
Common name: Bhutan Rush
Botanical name: Juncus leucomelas    Family: Juncaceae (Rush family)
Synonyms: Juncus bhutanensis

Bhutan Rush is a perennial, greenish herb, 10-25 cm tall, with short rootstock, simple, wiry, hollow stem, without stem leaves. Basal leaves are only 1-2, thread-like, tubular, shorter than stem, with scarcely margined basal sheaths with rounded ears. Flowering head, borne at the top of the stem. is 3-8-flowered, whitish with pale to somewhat brownish bracts, the lowest slightly to much exceeding the flowering head. Flowers are 5-6 mm long; tepals about linear, blunt, membranous. Stamens are 6, protruding; anthers about 2 mm long, linear-oblong. Capsules are oblong-ovoid, 4-5 mm long, minutely beaked; seeds many about 2 mm long, including tailed ends. Bhutan Rush is found in the Himalayas, Kashmir to Bhutan and Sikkim, at altitudes of 3000-5600 m. Flowering: July-August.

Identification credit: Miroslav Dvorsk√Ĺ Photographed near Pangong Lake, Ladakh.

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