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Jointed Rush: one of the famous five

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Jointed Rush: one of the famous five

Jointed rush (Juncus articulatus) is one of the 'common five' rushes along with soft rush, hard rush, compact rush and the sharp-flowered rush and as such can be encountered almost anywhere the ground is wet rather than just damp.That means it can be found in marshes, fens, water meadows, wet tracks, anywhere where it is wet! It thrives in calcareous areas especially.

This species is superficially very similar to sharp-flowered rush and I suspect I may have mistaken it for sharp-flowered on more than one occasion. The flower heads are less densely populated than sharp-flowered and the jointed structure of the flower head is much more noticeable. There are various other detailed differences and armed with a good field guide and a hand lens you can tell them apart if your are determined to do so.

As always, it does not pay to rush into identifying rushes!


 

 

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