Black Needlerush Juncus roemerianus ScheeleCoastal Plain only    
Kingdom Plantae   >   Division Tracheophyta   >   Class Magnoliopsida   >   Order Poales   >   Family Juncaceae   >   Genus Juncus   

Status:

An important plant of salt marsh habitats bordering the Chesapeake Bay and Coastal Bays. Black Needlerush reaches its northern limits along the Chesapeake Bay. It can be found along the Atlantic Coast south to Florida and along the Gulf Coast from Florida to Texas.

Description:

The only rush species that grows to four feet tall in salt marshes of the Chesapeake Bay and Coastal Bays. It typically grows above the high tide mark.

Where to find:

Elliott Island Road, Hooper's Island, Ellis Bay WMA, salt marshes of Assateague Island.

Relationships:

Marsh Wrens, Clapper Rails, and Marsh Rice Rats live in dense stands of Black Needlerush.

There are 111 records in the project database.

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Black Needlerush in Dorchester Co., Maryland (1/28/2017). Photo by Jim Brighton. (MBP list)

Black Needlerush in fruit in Somerset Co., Maryland (7/4/2020). Photo by Jim Brighton. (MBP list)

Black Needlerush among Saltmeadow Cordgrass in Somerset Co., Maryland (1/20/2013). Photo by Bill Hubick. (MBP list)

Black Needlerush in the Elliott Island marshes of Dorchester Co., Maryland (1/28/2017). Photo by Jim Brighton. (MBP list)

Black Needlerush in Dorchester Co., Maryland (6/4/2020). (c) Wayne Longbottom, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC). Photo by Wayne Longbottom. (MBP list)

Black Needlerush in Dorchester Co., Maryland (6/4/2020). (c) Wayne Longbottom, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC). Photo by Wayne Longbottom. (MBP list)

Black Needlerush in Somerset Co., Maryland (9/22/2020). (c) tomfeild, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC). Photo by Tom Feild. (MBP list)

Black Needlerush in Queen Anne's Co., Maryland (6/3/2019). (c) Wayne Longbottom, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC). Photo by Wayne Longbottom. (MBP list)

Black Needlerush in Wicomico Co., Maryland (9/17/2015). Photo by Jim Brighton. (MBP list)


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