[Rushes: The Genus Juncus in the Columbia River Gorge of Oregon and Washington]

Columbia Rush, Sierra Rush

Juncus nevadensis var. nevadensis

Synonyms: Juncus badius, Juncus columbianus, Juncus dubius, Juncus mertensianus var. badius, Juncus mertensianus var. columbianus, Juncus mertensianus ssp. gracilis, Juncus nevadensis var. badius, Juncus nevadensis var. columbianus

Columbia Rush, Sierra Rush: Juncus nevadensis var. nevadensis (Synonyms: Juncus badius, Juncus columbianus, Juncus dubius, Juncus mertensianus var. badius, Juncus mertensianus var. columbianus, Juncus mertensianus ssp. gracilis, Juncus nevadensis var. badius, Juncus nevadensis var. columbianus)

Sierra rush as seen in bloom in private, wet meadows around upper Rattlesnake Creek at Panakanic, western Klickitat County, Washington.........June 8, 2014.

Inflorescence of Columbia Rush, Sierra Rush: Juncus nevadensis var. nevadensis (Synonyms: Juncus badius, Juncus columbianus, Juncus dubius, Juncus mertensianus var. badius, Juncus mertensianus var. columbianus, Juncus mertensianus ssp. gracilis, Juncus nevadensis var. badius, Juncus nevadensis var. columbianus)

The photo above shows a close-up of the inflorescence of Sierra rush as seen in wetlands along Kreps Lane where the road crosses the central canal in Conboy Lake NWR.......................June 21, 2008. Note the 4 flower heads on the stem and the anthers which are about the same length as the filaments. Variety nevadensis typically has more than 5 flower heads per stem, although both varieties have now been lumped into var. nevadensis.

Inflorescence of Columbia Rush, Sierra Rush: Juncus nevadensis var. nevadensis (Synonyms: Juncus badius, Juncus columbianus, Juncus dubius, Juncus mertensianus var. badius, Juncus mertensianus var. columbianus, Juncus mertensianus ssp. gracilis, Juncus nevadensis var. badius, Juncus nevadensis var. columbianus) - Inflorescence of Columbia Rush, Sierra Rush: Juncus nevadensis var. nevadensis (Synonyms: Juncus badius, Juncus columbianus, Juncus dubius, Juncus mertensianus var. badius, Juncus mertensianus var. columbianus, Juncus mertensianus ssp. gracilis, Juncus nevadensis var. badius, Juncus nevadensis var. columbianus)

The photo above shows a close-up of a congested spike of Sierra rush as seen in wetlands along Kreps Lane where the road crosses the central canal in Conboy Lake NWR.......................June 21, 2008. Although not visible here, there are 6 stamens present in each flower.

Close-up of the inflorescence (in fruit) of Columbia Rush, Sierra Rush: Juncus nevadensis var. nevadensis (Synonyms: Juncus badius, Juncus columbianus, Juncus dubius, Juncus mertensianus var. badius, Juncus mertensianus var. columbianus, Juncus mertensianus ssp. gracilis, Juncus nevadensis var. badius, Juncus nevadensis var. columbianus) - Columbia Rush, Sierra Rush: Juncus nevadensis var. nevadensis (Synonyms: Juncus badius, Juncus columbianus, Juncus dubius, Juncus mertensianus var. badius, Juncus mertensianus var. columbianus, Juncus mertensianus ssp. gracilis, Juncus nevadensis var. badius, Juncus nevadensis var. columbianus) - Close-up of a portion of the inflorescence (in fruit) of Columbia Rush, Sierra Rush: Juncus nevadensis var. nevadensis (Synonyms: Juncus badius, Juncus columbianus, Juncus dubius, Juncus mertensianus var. badius, Juncus mertensianus var. columbianus, Juncus mertensianus ssp. gracilis, Juncus nevadensis var. badius, Juncus nevadensis var. columbianus)

Examples of Sierra rush as seen along the western shoreline of the Klickitat River slightly upstream from the old Soda Springs campground, Klickitat State Wildlife Reacreation Area.................July 21, 2011. This series of photos shows the fruits nearly mature. For a sense of scale, the central photo showsa sample of Sierra rush spread diagnolly across a school notebook cover.

Columbia Rush, Sierra Rush: Juncus nevadensis var. nevadensis (Synonyms: Juncus badius, Juncus columbianus, Juncus dubius, Juncus mertensianus var. badius, Juncus mertensianus var. columbianus, Juncus mertensianus ssp. gracilis, Juncus nevadensis var. badius, Juncus nevadensis var. columbianus) - Columbia Rush, Sierra Rush: Juncus nevadensis var. nevadensis (Synonyms: Juncus badius, Juncus columbianus, Juncus dubius, Juncus mertensianus var. badius, Juncus mertensianus var. columbianus, Juncus mertensianus ssp. gracilis, Juncus nevadensis var. badius, Juncus nevadensis var. columbianus)

Sierra rush blooming in vernally inundated wetlands at Panakanic in western Klickitat County............June 17, 2013.

Columbia Rush, Sierra Rush: Juncus nevadensis var. nevadensis (Synonyms: Juncus badius, Juncus columbianus, Juncus dubius, Juncus mertensianus var. badius, Juncus mertensianus var. columbianus, Juncus mertensianus ssp. gracilis, Juncus nevadensis var. badius, Juncus nevadensis var. columbianus)

Sierra rush along the eastern shoreline of the Klickitat River at the mineral springs along the Klickitat Trail between the Wahkiacus trailhead and Suburbia..................October 23, 2011.

Paul Slichter