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The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Matting Rush

Afrikaans name:

Matting Rush plants

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Juncus kraussii

The Matting Rush is an important plant for two reasons. Firstly, it is robust and helps protect our wetlands and secondly it is widely used for weaving mats of various kinds, baskets and a whole range of other useful and curio items.

This plant grows to a height of around 1.5 metres and grows in abundance where-ever it is found.

The Matting Rush gets purplish flowers during summer.

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References and further reading

The Coastal Guide of South Africa - Author: Jacana Media - Year Published: 2007 - Page: 112

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