Juncus dichotomus Ell.

Locations ofJuncus dichotomus Ell. in Virginia

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Botanical Name
Juncus dichotomus Ell.
Common Name
Forked Rush
Juncus platyphyllus (Wieg.) Fern.
Flora of Virginia Name/Status
Juncus dichotomus Ell.
Plants with flat rather than terete leaves but similar ligules have been called J. platyphyllus. Though mapped through 3 editions of the Atlas, it is here lumped due to general confusion in identification and application of the name. FNA and other recent references also combine the two. Plants from coastal strand habitats have terete leaves and are very distinctive. Elsewhere it is less clear. Clements (in Juncaceae of New York State, 1990) reports that terete and flat-leaved plants are sometimes found in the same population.
Various open habitats, including interdune swales, streamside bars and pools, ditches, low clearings, beaver ponds, and other disturbed wetlands. Frequent in the Coastal Plain and outer Piedmont; infrequent in the inner Piedmont; rare in the mountains.
Native Status

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