Membranous Rush
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Membranous Rush
P Native Photo: Sunit Singh
Common name: Membranous Rush
Botanical name: Juncus membranaceus    Family: Juncaceae (Rush family)
Synonyms: Juncus hoffmeisteri, Juncus concinnus var. turbidus

Membranous Rush is a clustered perennial herb, 15-50 cm tall, with slender, 1-3-leaved stem. Leaves are 5-15 cm x 1-2 mm, linear, almost tubular to flattened, channelled, pointed. Flowering heads at stem tops are simple, usually 8-20 flowered, whitish; lowest bract equalling or exceeding the head, upto 2.5 cm long. Flowers are 6-7 mm long, nearly stalkless; tepals nearly equal, inner slightly exceeding the outer, oblong-lanceshaped, subblunt. Stamens do not protrude out, anthers about 1.5 mm long. Capsules are ovoid-lanceshaped, 6-9 x 2.5-4 mm, brown to blackish-brown, beaked. Membranous Rush is found in E. Afghanistan to W. Himalaya, at altitudes of 3000-3700 m. Flowering: May-October.

Identification credit: Sunit Singh Photographed in Madhmaheshwar Valley, Uttarakhand.

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