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Juncus oxymeris
pointed rush

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

Habitat: Wet meadows, wet prairies, shores, swales, and freshwater intertidal marshes.

Flowers: May-August

Origin: Native

Growth Duration: Perennial

Conservation Status: Not of concern

Pollination: Wind


Perennial from spreading rhizomes, often also stoloniferous, the stems 4-9 dm. tall.


Leaves alternate, the blades flat, 3-5 mm. broad, one margin turned toward the stem; leaf bases sheathing, not forming auricles.


Inflorescence terminal, large and loose, 15-30 cm. long, much longer than the involucral bract; heads 10-70, 3-12 flowered, 3-6 mm. broad; perianth 3-4 mm. long, the 6 segments greenish-yellow to pale brown, subequal, lanceolate-acuminate; stamens 6, the anthers slightly longer than the filaments; style slender, 1.5-2 mm. long.


Capsule ovoid, tapered to a beak-like tip which slightly exceeds the perianth.

Accepted Name:
Juncus oxymeris Engelm.
Publication: Transactions of the Academy of Science of St. Louis 2:483. 1868.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
Juncus acutiflorus Benth.
Additional Resources:

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

WA Flora Checklist: Juncus oxymeris checklist entry

OregonFlora: Juncus oxymeris information

E-Flora BC: Juncus oxymeris atlas page

CalPhotos: Juncus oxymeris photos

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