Blunt-flowered Rush - Juncus subnodulosus


It has far creeping rhizomes that produce extensive patches, with erect, soft bright green smooth stems. Each stem has 1 or 2 long leaves which are round and hollow with both longitudinal and cross partitions.  Inflorescence stiff, forming an open, rounded, repeatedly branched head of many long stalked forking flower clusters, pale brown in colour, often looking whitish; incurved, blunt outer tepals. 

Similar Species

other Juncus

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Wet meadows and marshy places.

When to see it

July and August.

Life History


UK Status

Occasional and local in England and Wales becoming very scarce in parts of Scotland.

VC55 Status

Uncommon in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 19 of the 617 tetrads.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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Species profile

Common names
Blunt-flowered Rush
Species group:
Grasses, Rushes & Sedges
Records on NatureSpot:
First record:
11/08/2008 (Calow, Graham)
Last record:
20/07/2021 (Bell, Melinda)

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