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Indigenous Plants
Indigenous Plant Use Identification & Control
of Common Weeds

Botanical Name:Juncus sarophorus 
Common Name:Broom Rush  , fan-flowered rush 
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Rush / Sedge, Grass Like / Strappy, Bird Attracting, Aquatic
Partial Shade
Wet, Boggy, Poorly Drained, Aquatic
0.6-1.8 m x 0.5-1 m
Foliage:Leaves reduced to a basal sheath to 30 cm long, dark brown to reddish brown towards the base.
Flowers:Dense fan-shaped flowerhead with flowers scattered along many branches; 3 stamens. Main bract continues above flowers for 40 cm. Capsules pale brown with darker tips, shorter than or equal to flowers. November-March

A dense tussock-forming perennial of wet areas, and somewhat weedy, its stems reach 2 m long but droop so that the plant overall is closer to 1 m tall.  Tufted rush spreading from underground stems. Erect bluish-green stems to 4mm diam. with strongly raised, spaced ridges. Pith white, interrupted with small air spaces.  Plant in or beside water areas.  Frog habitat, birds like the seeds.

  1. Whitehorse Council 
  2. Yarra Ranges Council 
  3. NatureMapr, Canberra 
  4. Wikipedia (free online encyclopedia) 
  5. Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria (VICFLORA) 

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