Round-fruited Rush - Juncus compressus


A tufted plant with short creeping rhizomes. The leaves are about 1 mm wide, flat and glaucous at the base of and up the stem. Compact, rather rounded heads of brown seed cases cluster on short, strong, green, pith-filled stems to about 30 cm.

Identification difficulty
Recording advice

The County Recorder has asked for a specimen of this plant to be retained for verification


Found in marshes, wet meadows and pastures, often near the sea and sometimes in brackish conditions.

When to see it

Flowers June and July.

Life History


UK Status

Widespread but local in England.

VC55 Status

Local and scattered in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 15 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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