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Iris-leaf Rush

Juncus xiphioides

Iris-leaf Rush, Juncus xiphioides, photo © by Michael Plagens

Observed along Sycamore Creek in the western slopes of the Mazatzal Mts., Maricopa Co., Arizona. 16 May 2010.

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LEAVES: There are many similar species of rush but the compressed iris-like leaves of this species are distinctive.

Photo © by Michael Plagens

PERENNIAL HERB: Plants are mostly less than 1 meter in height. A number of closely grouped ascending stems.

FLOWERS: Small green flowers do not have showy petals but the tips of the green bracts are reddish.

RANGE: Grows in moist shady spots within sycamore canyon from California to New Mexico.

FRUIT: Three small, hard seeds develope from each floret.


Juncaceae -- Rush Family

More Information:

Arizona Naturalist
Sycamore Canyons
The Flora of Arizona's Sycamore Canyons


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