African Plant Database

Juncus acutus L. subsp. acutus
Information on the genus : Juncus
Basionym : Juncus acutus L.
Status for NA : accepted (present)
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Homotypic
 Juncus acutus L. (1753)
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=Juncus acutus var. conglobatus Trautv. (1878)
=Juncus acutus var. decompositus Guss.
=Juncus acutus var. longibracteatus Buchenau (1882)
=Juncus spinosus Forssk.
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Herb 0,5-1,5 m tall, densely caespitose with inconspicuous rhizome; stem 2-6 mm Ø, rigid; basal leaves 1-5, terete, 1,5-4 mm Ø, pungent, shorter than stem; inflorescence 5-15x3-7 cm, usually dense (with many, few-flowered confluent heads); capsule 4-6 mm long, apex conical (or obtuse in subsp. leopoldii), with 80-120 seeds.
Ecology : Sandy bed of oued (wadi) in dense Tamarix formation. Coastal W Europe, Mediterranean Region, Egypt, Near East, Black Sea and S Caspian area. Introduced in Australia, New Zealand (map, see above).

Bibliography for North Africa :
  • ALI, S. I., S. M. H. JAFRI & A. EL GADI (ed.) (1977). Flora of Libya. 29: 6
  • SNOGERUP, S. (1978). Notes on Juncus for Flora Europeae. Bot. Not. 131: 185-187
  • Fl. Egypt (Boulos) 3: 95 (2002).
  • BOULOS, L. & E. LE FLOC'H (2008). Flore de Tunisie : catalogue synonymique commenté
  • FENNANE, M., M. IBN TATTOU, J. MATHEZ, A. OUYAHYA & J. EL OUALIDI (éd.) (2014). Flore Pratique du Maroc [vol.3] Trav. Inst. Sci. Univ. Mohammed V, Sér. Bot. 3: 458
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Record n°41763
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