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Soft Rush: water meadow menace?

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Soft Rush: water meadow menace?

By far the most common of our rushes is the soft rush (Juncus effusus), it is so common in fact I suspect we tend to take it for granted and pass it by without a second look. It can be found on damp spoils everywhere, in water meadows, along stream sides, in marshes and bogs, on wet heathland and even in damp woodland. Rich soil or poor it does not matter as long as it usually damp without drying out too often.

As with most rushes (also called reeds) it has a round stem (rushes are round whilst sedges have edges!) from which the flower emerges about two thirds of the way up. The flower is, in fact, a cluster of much smaller flowers on a multitude of short stalks. The tall thin stems are bright green and contain a soft, spongy pith.

Being unpalatable to livestock and also being a dominant plant in pasturesit is not popular with farmers and attempts are often made to control it but it is a strong, vigorous plant that happily fights back! It is, however, a species that is of benefit to other wildlife providing suitable nesting and shelter for various waterside birds and mammals as well as being the food plant of various insects.


 

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This nature note was written by ----> Peter Orchard
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