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Sharp-flowered Rush: what is the point?

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Sharp-flowered Rush: what is the point?

Along with soft rush, the sharp-flowered rush (Juncus acutiflorus) has to be one of the most commonly encountered species of rush in Dorset, and that may well be true across many areas of the country. That is important because the more common a species is the more likely you are to encounter it and so when trying to identify a species it pays always to ask first; "is this one of the common ones?"

The sharp-flowered rush has a very much more open display of flower that comes from the top of the stem whereas soft rush has a much more slender flower that comes from the side of the stem. So telling the two common ones apart is easy and you are off to a good start! 

The sharp-flowered rush can be abundant in marshes, fens, wet meadows and tracks, in fact wet places everywhere especially where the soil has a tendency to be acidic. 

Is it sharp-flowered? Well I do not think it feels sharp but apparently, if you look at the individual flowers under a lens they certainly do appear to be, however it is the seed that is actually pointed and a little sharp rather than the flower itself.


 

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