E-Flora BC: Electronic Atlas of the Flora of British Columbia

Juncus pelocarpus E. Mey.
brown-fruit rush (brownfruit rush)
Juncaceae (Rush family)

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Species Information

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Perennial, loosely tufted herb from short rhizomes; stems 10-45 cm tall, rooting at the nodes, viviparous (producing plantlets in the inflorescence).
Located on the lower part of the stem, nearly circular in cross-section, tapered, with prominent complete cross-walls; sheaths open, with short, rounded, ear-shaped lobes.
Inflorescence terminal, 7-15 cm long, open, with flowers mostly arising singly (rarely in groups of 2) along the numerous branches; perianth segments green, tinged with red, 2.5-3 mm long, short-pointed to round, the inner slightly longer than the outer; stamens 6; anthers much longer than the filaments.
Capsules, pointed, longer than the perianth segments; seeds egg-shaped, about 0.5 mm long, lacking tail-like appendages.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Peat bogs and disturbed wetlands in the lowland zone; infrequent in SW BC; introduced from E North America.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


The climate type for this species, as reported in the: "British Columbia plant species codes and selected attributes. Version 6 Database" (Meidinger et al. 2008), is not evaluated, unknown or variable.

Synonyms and Alternate Names

Juncus pelocarpus var. sabulonensis H. St. John

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