Juncus textilis is a species of rush known by the common name basket rush. It is endemic to California, where it grows along the coast and in the coastal mountain ranges of the southern half of the state.
Juncus textilis is a rhizomatous perennial herb growing to a maximum height between 1–2 metres (3.3–6.6 ft). The stems are cylindrical with faint longitudinal grooves. The leaves lack blades and appear as small brown sheaths around the base of the stems.
The long, bushy inflorescence arises from the side of the stem and splits into long branches bearing clusters of many flowers. Each flower is cupped by small, clear bractlets and has pointed greenish brown tepals. There are six stamens with large anthers. The fruit is a dark brown, shiny capsule.
Juncus Textilis or Basket Rush is an important plant endemic to California; Chumash people use it today for basket-making as they have been for centuries.
- Calflora Database: Juncus textilis (basket rush)
- Jepson Manual eFlora (TJM2) treatment of Juncus textilis
- USDA Plants Profile for Juncus textilis (basket rush)
- University of Michigan at Dearborn: Native American Ethnobotany of Juncus textilis
- Flora of North America
- Juncus textilis — U.C. Photo gallery
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