Juncus repens

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Common names: lesser creeping rush

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
Michx.
JUNC REPE DIST.JPG
Natural range of Juncus repens from USDA NRCS Plants Database.

Taxonomic Notes

Synonyms: none

Varieties: none

Description

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. [1]

Distribution

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. [1]

Ecology

Habitat

The main communities include streams, ponds, lakes, ditches, wet depressions in flatwoods, and cypress savannahs. [2] 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. [3]

Associated species - Taxodium spp. [3]

Phenology

Flowering time begins in late spring and continues into the summer. Fruiting is common from May to August. [3]


Conservation and Management

Cultivation and restoration

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References and notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 USDA Plants Database URL: https://plants.usda.gov/core/profile?symbol=JURE2
  2. Weakley, A. S. (2015). Flora of the Southern and Mid-Atlantic States. Chapel Hill, NC, University of North Carolina Herbarium.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 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.