Hochst., Flora 28:342 (1845).
Synonymy: J. maritimus Lam., Encycl. 3:264 (1789) var. australiensis Buchen., Bot. Jb. 12:257 (1890).
Common name: Sea rush.
Stems from a creeping rootstock, c. 1 m high, 2-4 mm diam., with a continuous pith, rigid, cylindrical; leaves few, almost as long, stem-like, non-septate, with pungent points.
Panicle rather loose and interrupted or dense, 5-12 cm; sheath of the lower leafy bract very broad and loose; flowers dark-brown, in small few-flowered clusters, often much surpassed by the erect rigid primary bract.
Segments c. 3 mm long, acute, equalling the mucronate oblong-ovoid almost black shining capsule; stamens 6; seeds with a loose testa and tailed, usually at both ends.
S.Aust.: LE, GT, FR, EA, EP, NL, MU, YP, SL, KI, SE. All States. New Zealand.
Flowering time: throughout the year but especially in summer.
SA Distribution Map based
on current data relating to
specimens held in the
State Herbarium of South Australia
J. kraussii has been included by most authors under the northern hemisphere J. maritimus. It occurs, in slightly different forms, in southern Africa and Australasia. Particularly plentiful in saline and brackish areas along the coast, and in similar places inland.
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