November 19, 2013



romantic grass of the week - today we look at two species of grass (it's been a looong week for romantic grasses). they were found together in a rainforest valley environment that had been cleared (see 3rd photo) they are JUNCUS PRISMATOCARPUS - BRANCHING RUSH AND JUNCUS USITATUS - COMMON RUSH. branching rush is a clumping rush up to 60cm, leaves flat and hollw to 5mm wide, up to 12 flowers in loose panicles to 20cm; flowers clustered at apex of branches; common rush has cylindrical stems flowers in panicles up to 10cm long, old flowers remain on plant all year, can be an early indicator of dryland salinity - all along SE Australia