Juncus bufoniusCommon name: Toad Rush
Meaning of name: Juncus is Latin for rush. Bufonius is from the Latin word bufo and suffix –onis meaning toad. Referring to the plant growing in damp places, like a toad.
Distribution: Occurs from Dirk Hartog Island to the south coast and inland to Southern Cross.
Remarks: A herb to 30 centimetres tall. The insignificant flowers are produced from August to November.
References: Western Australian Plant Names and their Meanings, a Glossary. FA Sharr. 1996.
Flora of the Perth Region. NG Marchant, JR Wheeler, BL Rye, EM Bennett, NS Lander, TD Macfarlane. 1987.
Why are there no photographs available for this plant?
The main reason why some plants don’t have photographs is because we haven’t found the plant yet. We have had a few flora surveys conducted and they have indicated that this plant can be found in the bush. The problem is that we just don’t know where in the bush to find it. And if we can’t find it, we can’t photograph it.
Another problem we have is that, while we have a name for the plant, we don’t know what it actually looks like. It’s very difficult to find a plant if you’re not sure what you’re looking for.
But rest assured that as soon as we have photographs for this plant we’ll put them on the website.