Juncus Usitatus Descriptive Essay

Name derivation:

Juncus from the Latin 'jungere' meaning to tie or bind; referring to the use of the rushes for weaving and basketry. Usitatus from Latin meaning ordinary, useful; possible referring to its widespread distribution in the eastern states.

Distribution:

Native to the Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria (and New Zealand and New Caledonia) and collected in the southern Mount Lofty, Murrayland and the upper South-east in South Australia, growing in riparian habitats, on stream banks and other moist places. Also introduced to Western Australia.

Status:

Introduced. Common in South Australia. Common in the other states.

Plant description:

Densely tufted perennial sedge to 120 cm high with short rhizomes and terete culms to 2 mm diameter, soft, green, with an interrupted pith, stem striations 25-40. Inflorescence a loose lateral panicle to 7 cm long with straw-brown flowers. Flowering between November and February.

Fruit type:

Clusters of golden brown ellipsoid capsules with numerous seeds.

Seed type:

Tiny orange ovoid seed to 0.5 mm long and 0.2 mm wide, with fine reticulated surface.

Embryo type:

Broad.

Seed collecting:

Collect fruits either by picking off the mature heads, those turning brown and come-off easily or break-off the whole spikes.

Seed cleaning:

Place the heads in a tray and leave to dry for one to two weeks. Then rub the heads with a rubber bung to dislodge the seeds. Use a sieve to separate any unwanted material. Be careful, as the seeds are very small. Seeds are brown and hard. Store the seeds with a desiccant such as dried silica beads or dry rice, in an air tight container in a cool and dry place.

Сердце у Сьюзан бешено забилось. Правильно ли она поняла. Все сказанное было вполне в духе Грега Хейла. Но это невозможно.

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