Slender Rush - Juncus tenuis


A slender, tufted, round stemmed plant which grows to be between 15 and 60 cm tall. The leaves of the plant nearly all come from the base and are not nearly as tall as the stems. the leaves are narrow (c 1 mm) and erect. The stems are partly covered by sheaths, and bear panicles of small egg-shaped seed capsules at the end of them.

Identification difficulty
Recording advice

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Often in bare moist places such as tracksides and reservoir margins, but it is more tolerant of dry conditions than some other members of this family.

When to see it

Flowers June to September.

Life History


UK Status

Widespread but sometimes local in Britain and scarcer in the east of the country.

VC55 Status

Occasional in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 6 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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