Hall's Rush - Juncus hallii
State Rank Reason (see State Rank above)
Rare, though widespread across the mountainous portions of southwest and central Montana. Threats and potential negative impacts to most known occurrences appear to be minimal and the species is likely tolerant of some levels of disturbance.
- Details on Status Ranking and Review
Score1 - Moderate: Generally 10,000-100,000 individuals.
CommentPopulation size likely >10,000 individuals.
Score1 - Peripheral, Disjunct or Sporadic Distribution in MT: Widespread species that is peripheral, disjunct or sporadically distributed within MT such that it occurs in <5% of the state (<7,500 sq. miles or the combined area of Beaverhead and Ravalli Counties) or is restricted to 4-5 sub-basins.
CommentSparsely distributed in Montana and the Rocky Mountains.
Area of Occupancy
Score1 - Moderate: Generally occurring in 11-25 Subwatersheds (6th Code HUC’s).
CommentPopulations documented from 12 subwatersheds in southwest and central Montana.
Score1 - Moderate: Species is restricted to a specific habitat that is more widely distributed or to several restricted habitats and is typically dependent upon relatively unaltered, good-quality habitat (C Values of 5-7).
CommentNot restricted to a rare or specialized habitat, though moderately reliant on good-condition habitat.
ScoreNA - Rank factor not assessed.
CommentTrends are likely stable, though monitoring data are lacking. Habitat extent and quality appear to be stable.
Score0-1 - Low to Medium.
CommentThreats to the species appear to be minimal and species appears to be tolerant of some level of disturbance.
Score0 - Low Vulnerability: Species does not have any unusual or specific life history or biological attributes or limted reproductive potential which makes it susceptible to extirpation from stochastic events or other adverse impacts to its habitat and thus slow to recover.
Raw Conservation Status Score
4 to 5 total points scored out of a possible 16 (Rarity factors and threats only).
Short-rhizomatous, caespitose. Stems erect, terete, 10–40 cm, tufted. Leaves mainly basal, bladeless; the 1 or 2 cauline leaves have terete blades 1 mm or less wide; auricles minute. Inflorescence congested with 2 to 7 subsessile flowers; lowest bract, terete, erect or ascending, shorter or longer than the inflorescence. Flowers with prophylls; tepals brown, 3–5 mm long, acute; stamens 6. Capsules 4–6 mm long, indented on top; seeds appendaged (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX)
Flowering from July-August.
Juncus is a large and difficult genus to distinguish, so a technical key should be consulted. Mature fruit is necessary for positive determination. The apparently lateral inflorescence, lack of an upper leaf blade, lobed seed capsule, and tailed seeds should help distinguish this species.
WA to MT south to UT and WY (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).
Observations in Montana Natural Heritage Program Database
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Subalpine parklands and moist meadows and slopes in the montane zone.
Ecological Systems Associated with this Species
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- Hermann, F.J. 1975. Manual of the rushes (Juncus spp.) of the Rocky Mountains and Colorado basin. U.S. Forest Service, General Technical Report RM-18.
- Lesica, P. 1992. Vascular plant and sensitive plant species inventory for the Highland Mountains, Deerlodge National Forest. Unpublished report prepared for the Deerlodge National Forest. Montana Natural Heritage Program, Helena, MT. 21 pp. plus appendices, photographs.
- Lesica, P., M.T. Lavin, and P.F. Stickney. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. Fort Worth, TX: BRIT Press. viii + 771 p.
- Poole, J.M. and B.L. Heidel. 1993. Sensitive plant surveys in the Big Belt and Elkhorn Mountains, Helena National Forest, Montana. Unpublished report to the Helena National Forest. Montana Natural Heritage Program. Helena, MT. 129 pp. plus printouts, maps.
- Welsh, S.L, N.D. Atwood, S. Goodrich, and L.C. Higgins. 1993. A Utah Flora, second edition, revised. Brigham Young University, Provo, UT.