SLENDER RUSH, Juncus
tenuis Willd. 1, entire plant; 2, flower with immature
seed pod; 3, seed. Perennial, reproducing by seeds. Roots
fibrous, tufted. Stems 6 to 24 inches (15 to 60 cm) tall, slender,
round, hollow, wiry, dark green, branching at the top, not jointed. Leaves
very narrow, grasslike, mostly at the base of the stems. Flowers
small, greenish-brown, with 6 scalelike bracts surrounding the seed pod;
borne in clusters of 3 at the tips of the stems. Seed pod
nearly egg-shaped, brown, splitting into 3 sections when mature. Seeds
brown, small, about 1/8 inch (3 mm) long, with minute crossline markings.
Found along paths, in pastures, roadsides, and waste places.