Bogs and Acidic Peatlands of Southern New England by Marsha C. Salett
Taxonomy
Juncus pelocarpus E. Meyer
JUNCACEAE (Rush Family)
EtymologyJuncus is the classical Latin name for rush; pelocarpus means fruit of the mud, from the Greek: pel = mud or earth + carpa = fruit.
Synonyms (Common Name)Brownfruit Rush, Pondshore Rush, Mud Rush
DescriptionA low rush that grows 4-20" high, bog rush has an erect, round stem and very narrow, long leaves. The open terminal inflorescence has many branches with solitary or paired flowers, and appears delicate and airy.
Wetland indicator statusOBL
Plant Height4-20 inches
LeavesLong, very narrow, erect, round in cross section.
Flower/InflorescenceTerminal inflorescence 2-6" long, multi-branched; branches spreading or ascending; flowers approx. 1/8" long, mostly solitary or in pairs, some reduced to sterile bulblets; tepals (sepals and petals) are yellowish-tan.
FruitCapsule, tiny (1/16 -- 1/8"), 1-parted, narrowly egg-shaped to oval, pointed tip, with slender beak, brown; few seeds.
Fruiting PeriodAugust-September.
HabitatPond and lake margins, peaty or sandy soils.
RangeLabrador to Quebec and Minnesota; south to Maryland and Indiana.
(c) 1998-2006 Marsha C. Salett