Juncus usitatus

Family Juncaceae

Common Rush

Densly tufted, shortly rhizomatous perennial herb, flowering stems to 1 m long.

Flowers: Most of the year.

Fruit: Smooth shiny capsule, with numerous seeds, mucilaginous when wet, matures November – July.

Seed: Tiny. Probably wind dispersed.

Gallery images: seed, seedling, rootstock, resprout


  • Moist woodland habitat in full sun.
  • Frequent along Mount Annan Creek and margins of dams at the Australian Botanic Garden.
  • Colonises open moist sites.
  • Probably resprouts after fire.

Ecology of Cumberland Plain Woodland

Juncus usitatus plant

Juncus usitatus flower

Juncus usitatus fruit