Juncus hesperius
bog rush, coastal rush

Distribution: Occurring west of the Cascades crest in Washington; British Columbia to California.

Habitat: Riparian forest, marshes, shores, peatlands, seeps, and ditches.

Flowers: May-August

Origin: Native

Growth Duration: Perennial

Conservation Status: Not of concern

Pollination: Wind


Cespitose perennial herb; stems to 115 cm, usually 0.8-2 mm broad above sheath, rough when fresh, less than 12 wide ridges per side when dry, with a solid pith.


Blade cylindric; sheath 5-15 cm, papillate base brown and dull, upper half green to light brown, veins gradually converging at broadly asymmetrical winged summit, margins thin and flat, overlapping halfway from base.


Terminal condensed cymes; bracts subtending inflorescence 1-2, rounded to obtuse-ovate.


Tepals 2.3-2.8 mm, mostly pressed against fruit, dark brown to black stripes along midvein, stamens 3, filaments longer than or equal to anthers.


Capsules, approximately 2 mm, 3-chambered with straight internal partitions, oblong and truncate, dark brown to nearly black and shiny; seeds typically 0.5 mm long and 0.2-0.3 mm broad, netted.

Accepted Name:
Juncus hesperius (Piper) Lint
Publication: Preslia 74(3): 262. 2002.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
Juncus effusus L. var. bruneus Engelm. [JPM]
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Juncus hesperius in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database

WA Flora Checklist: Juncus hesperius checklist entry

OregonFlora: Juncus hesperius information

E-Flora BC: Juncus hesperius atlas page

CalPhotos: Juncus hesperius photos

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