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Slender Rush: at home on the heath

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Slender Rush: at home on the heath

The slender rush (Juncus tenuis) is a fairly common but insignificant plant of moist, sandy places and can often be found along the edge paths on heathland where the ground is bare and compact. Widely distributed on the Dorset heaths it can be very common where it occurs outgrowing other species of plant that find it hard to thrive in such harsh conditions.

It is not a native plant and was probably introduced from North America at some point and has been sold by retailers as a house plant. It has certainly made itself at home here.

It grows in clumps of stems from a single root base and can vary from just six inches high to nearly two feet tall. The main feature is the flower head that grows in the fork of extensions of the stems (called bracts). These bracts extend way beyond the flower itself.


 

 

 

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