Luzula meridionalis var. meridionalis

Field Woodrush

Loosely tufted perennial rush with bulbous base. Flowering stems erect, longer than leaves.

Additional information

  • FamilyJuncaceae
  • StoreyLower storey
  • Sizeto 10 cm x 15 cm, stem to 30 cm high
  • Plant groupingGrasses, Rushes & Sedges
  • LeavesMid to dark green limp, flat basal grass-like leaves 2-6 mm wide, often arching back, tips blunt and thickened. Leaf margins densely hairy with long white hairs, denser towards the base. 1-2 stem leaves. Long leafy bract at base of flowerhead.
  • Flower colourMid-brown to dark reddish-brown
  • Flowering timeSeptember to December
  • FlowersTerminal flowerhead of 1-8 dense round clusters to 10 mm wide, 1-2 stalkless clusters, up to 6 stalked. Flowers to 3 mm long, anthers to 1.3 mm. Capsules brown, just smaller than flowers.
  • Bird attractingNo
  • Butterfly attractingNo
  • Frog habitatNo
  • Growing conditionsWell drained soils in dryer woodlands and open forests, tolerating short periods of moist soils that are not waterlogged.. Semi shade.
  • Garden useAn attractive small tuft for planting in drifts in shady gardens and under trees.
  • Commercially availableNever
  • Conservation statusRestricted distribution within the Shire where it may be locally common.
  • Related speciesVery similar and often growing with Luzula meridionalis var. densiflora. Flower colour and size and capsule size are the major distinguishing features.
Photographer/s: Marilyn Bull ©

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