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infestation in flower (Photo: Trevor James)
habit (Photo: Trevor James)
close-up of stem showing uninterrupted whitish pith (Photo: Trevor James)
close-up of flower buds (Photo: Trevor James)
immature fruit (Photo: Trevor James)
close-up of mature fruit (Photo: Trevor James)
close-up of seeds (Photo: Steve Hurst at USDA PLANTS Database)
stem of the native common rush (Juncus usitatus), showing its interrupted whitish pith (Photo: Sheldon Navie)
Juncus effusus L.
bog rush, common rush, Japanese mat rush, lamp rush, rush, soft rush
This species is found throughout the temperate regions of the world. It is thought to be native to north-western Africa (Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia), Europe, western Asia (i.e. Turkey) and North America (i.e. Alaska, Canada and the USA).
Widely naturalised in south-eastern Australia (i.e. naturalised in some parts of central and southern New South Wales, eastern Victoria, Tasmania and south-eastern South Australia). Also sparingly naturalised in south-eastern Queensland and possibly naturalised in south-western Western Australia.
Widely naturalised in other parts of the world, including temperate Asia, New Zealand, Mexico and Hawaii.
Soft rush (Juncus effusus) is regarded as an environmental weed in Victoria.
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