Juncus dubius


2:459. 1868.

Synonyms: Juncus rugulosus Engelmann
Treatment appears in FNA Volume 22.

Herbs, perennial, rhizomatous, 3–7.5 dm. Rhizomes 2–3 mm diam., not swollen. Culms erect, terete, 2–4 mm diam., smooth or rugulose. Cataphylls 1–2, pink to straw-colored, apex acute. Leaves: basal 1–2, cauline 1–2; auricles 1–4.9 mm, , apex rounded, membranaceous; blade green to straw-colored, terete, 20–30 cm × 1.5–4 mm, rugulose or smooth. Inflorescences terminal panicles of 25–66 heads, 7–13 cm, branches spreading; primary bract erect; heads 6–10-flowered, hemispheric to obovoid, 5–10 mm diam. Flowers: tepals straw-colored to brown, lanceolate, apex acuminate; outer tepals (2–)2.5–3.4 mm; inner tepals (2–)2.6–3.6 mm; stamens 6, anthers 1.5–2 times filament length. Capsules exserted, chestnut brown, 1-locular, subuloidsubulate, (2.4–)3–3.9 mm, apex tapering to subulate tip, valves separating at dehiscence. Seeds obovoid, 0.3–0.4 mm, not tailed. 2n = 40.

Phenology: Fruiting early summer–late fall.
Habitat: Montane meadows, riverbeds, canyons, aroyos
Elevation: 100–1600 m


Juncus dubius has rugulose stems and leaves throughout most of its range, but on the periphery (in Mariposa, San Diego, and Sonoma counties, California) the plants are smooth.

Selected References


Lower Taxa

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Ralph E. Brooks* +  and Steven E. Clemants* +
Engelmann +
100–1600 m +
Montane meadows, riverbeds, canyons, aroyos +
Fruiting early summer–late fall. +
Abhandlungen herausgegeben vom naturwissenschaftlichen Vereine zu Bremen +
Juncus rugulosus +
Juncus dubius +
Juncus subg. Septati +
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