Rocky Mountain rush

Juncus saximontanus

Mountain rush looks like and is mistaken for grass. It has hollow round ends and the flowers are a greenish brown. 6

By: David (age 11) and Daxton (age 13) from Albuquerque Sign Language Academy

Juncus saximontanus is a species of rush known by the common name Rocky Mountain rush. It is native to much of western North America from Alaska to central Mexico, where it grows in wet habitat, often in mountainous areas, such as bogs and moist meadows.
Junius saximontana is a type of rush more commonly known as mountain rush. It's native to western North America. The mountain rush plant grows in mostly wet habitat and they live in places where it usually rains a lot or in wetlands. It has a big part in constructing of wetland ecosystems. It can live in shallow waters like rivers or streams.
Their grasses have hollow round ends and the flowers are a greenish brown. Mountain rush looks like and is mistaken for grass. The leaf is usually around 2-15cm long. Clip leaves and stems are on average 15-25 cm which allows it to collect more energy for root production. The seeds are a brown-like red and approximately .6-.8mm. Their stems were often used to weave baskets and blankets.
Mountain rush plant is eaten and used by a few different things. Some of the animals that eat mountain rush plant are quails, porcupines, muskrats, cottontails, goffers, and jackrabbits. They are also used for chairs basketwork and mats. They are sometimes used for scented candles and oil lamps for the smell. In some countries, they are used for ropes and for hanging things up. They are sometimes used for dye that normally comes out green yellow or brown. People use them to dye clothing and sometimes mats or a type of fabric.

USDA NRCS Idaho Plant Materials Program, “Plant Guide for Mountain rush”, plants.usda.gov,

The Editors of Encyclopaedia Britannica, “Rush”, britannica.com, 18 Apr, 2019

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  1. (c) Steve Jones, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC), http://www.inaturalist.org/photos/4698801
  2. (c) Andrew Simon, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC), https://www.inaturalist.org/photos/10070014
  3. (c) Andrew Simon, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC), https://www.inaturalist.org/photos/10070016
  4. (c) Andrey Zharkikh, some rights reserved (CC BY), https://www.flickr.com/photos/zharkikh/7588456434/
  5. (c) Andrey Zharkikh, some rights reserved (CC BY), https://www.flickr.com/photos/zharkikh/30036221378/
  6. Adapted by smiller33 from a work by (c) Wikipedia, some rights reserved (CC BY-SA), https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Juncus_saximontanus

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Habitat wet
Stem hollow