Juncus repens

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Common names: creeping rush[1]

Juncus repens
Juncus repens SEF.jpg
Photo by the Southeastern Flora Database
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta - Flowering plants
Class: Liliopsida - Moncots
Order: Juncales
Family: Juncaceae
Genus: Juncus
Species: J. repens
Binomial name
Juncus repens
Natural range of Juncus repens from USDA NRCS Plants Database.

Taxonomic Notes

Synonyms: none[1]

Varieties: none[1]


J. repens, also known as lesser creeping rush, is a native annual perennial with a graminoid growth habit that is in the Juncaceae family. It contains rhizomatous growth for rapid clonal reproduction as well. The mature height can reach up to 6.8 feet, yet a short lifespan.[2]


J. repens can be found along the Gulf of Mexico coast and Atlantic coast in the Southeast United States, ranging from east Texas to Virginia and Maryland[2] with disjunct populations in western Cuba.[3]



The main communities include streams, ponds, lakes, ditches, wet depressions in flatwoods, and cypress savannahs.[1] J. repens has been observed in moist loamy soil of oak-hickory woods, in shallow ditches, in cabbage palm hammocks, in wet muck disturbed sites, and muddy depressions.[4]

Associated species - Taxodium spp.[4]


Flowering time begins in June and continues into October.[4]

Conservation, cultivation, and restoration

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References and notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Weakley, A.S. 2020. Flora of the Southeastern United States. Edition of 20 October 2020. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
  2. 2.0 2.1 USDA Plants Database URL: https://plants.usda.gov/core/profile?symbol=JURE2
  3. Sorrie, B. A. and A. S. Weakley 2001. Coastal Plain valcular plant endemics: Phytogeographic patterns. Castanea 66: 50-82.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Florida State University Robert K. Godfrey Herbarium database. URL: http://herbarium.bio.fsu.edu. Last accessed: June 2018. Collectors: R. A. Norris, N. Hotchkiss, R. F. Doren, Robert K. Godfrey, Loran C. Anderson, Lisa Keppner, Cecil R. Slaughter, and Floyd Griffith. States and counties: Florida: Volusia, Leon, Washington, Osceola, St Johns, Jackson, and Jefferson. Georgia: Atkinson, Grady, and Thomas. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "Herbarium" defined multiple times with different content