Dune Slack Rush
© Joan Young
- Dune Slack Rush or Matting Rush
- Latin Name
- Juncus kraussii
- Dune Slack Rush dominates saltmarshes where salinities are low and it often extends into dune slacks bordering saltmarshes. It is one of several species of sedges that border estuaries.
- The flowers and cylindrical fruits of the Rush are borne in terminal tufts. Size 40 cm.
- The Dune Slack Rush has long, sharply-pointed stems with thin, pointed leaves.
- Field Notes
- The Dune Slack Rush is used for traditional weaving of sleeping mats – hence the name Matting Rush – in Kwazulu Natal. Other household items such as baskets and beer strainers are made from the Rush
The Rush is strong but easy to work, hence the popularity. A downside of its popularity is that it is now harvested in large quantities to satisfy the arts and crafts market, and in some places it is becoming rare.