Jointed Rush - Juncus articulatus


Decumbent or prostrate plant with stems that arch upwards from a tufted base. Stems to 80 cm tall with 2 to 7 curved deep green leaves that are all laterally flattened, not round. The leaves have cross partitions only. Inflorescence quite long and open, perianth segments chestnut brown, pointed at the tip but not sharply.

Identification difficulty

Marshes and wet places.

When to see it

June to September.

Life History


UK Status

Very common throughout Britain.

VC55 Status

Quite common in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 296 of the 617 tetrads.

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Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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