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FLORA OF ICELAND elements: Juncus castaneus, Chestnut Rush

Juncus castaneus; The Chestnut rush is a rather rare species on Iceland. I photographed this plant near Akureyri (where it is't supposed to grow!). It seems the species is most common in eastern Iceland and in the North-Western fjords. Characteristic for this species is an inflorescence (only one or two flower clusters) embraced by a short bract (about the length of the inflorescence) and a longer bract (about twice the length of the inflorescence).
It is a member of the rush family (Juncaceae).

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