Central-Asian Rush
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Central-Asian Rush
ative lanceshaped Photo: Thingnam Girija
Common name: Central-Asian Rush
Botanical name: Juncus thomsonii    Family: Juncaceae (Rush family)

Juncus is a genus which consists of about 225 species of grassy plants commonly called rushes. Central-Asian 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. Central-Asian Rush occurs in Central Asia to S. Central China and the Himalayas at altitudes of 3000-5200 m. Flowering: June-September.

Identification credit: Umesh Tiwari Photographed in Valley of Flowers, Uttarakhand & Tawang distt., Arunachal Pradesh.

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