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Luzula parviflora
small-flowered woodrush

Distribution: Occurring on both sides of the Cascades crest in Washington; Alaska to California, east to the Rocky Mountains, northern Great Plains, Great Lakes region, and northeastern North America.

Habitat: Moist to fairly dry areas, coastal rain forest to alpine slopes.

Flowers: May-August

Origin: Native

Growth Duration: Perennial

Conservation Status: Not of concern

Pollination: Wind


Grass-like, tufted perennial from rhizomes, the stems 2-5 dm. tall, usually decumbent.


Basal leaves several; cauline leaves 2-4, 3-10 mm. broad.


Inflorescence a diffuse, nodding panicle up to 15 cm. long; bracts somewhat lacerate, often with marginal hairs; flowers usually borne singly; perianth greenish or tawny to purplish-brown, the 6 segments 1.5-2 mm. long; anthers 0.3-0.6 mm. long, shorter than the filaments; style 0.2-0.4 mm. long, the stigmas 1 mm. long.


Capsule ovoid, greenish to purplish-brown, equalling the perianth.

Accepted Name:
Luzula parviflora (Ehrh.) Desv.
Publication: J. Bot. (Desvaux). 1: 144. 1808.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
Juncus parviflorus Ehrh.
Luzula divaricata S. Watson, misapplied [FNA22, HC, HC2]
Luzula fastigiata E. Mey. [KZ99]
Luzula parviflora (Ehrh.) Desv. ssp. fastigiata (E. Mey.) Hämet-Ahti [KZ94]
Luzula parviflora (Ehrh.) Desv. ssp. melanocarpa (Michx.) Hämet-Ahti
Luzula parviflora (Ehrh.) Desv. var. melanocarpa (Michx.) Buchenau [Peck]
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Luzula parviflora in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Luzula parviflora checklist entry.

OregonFlora: Luzula parviflora information.

E-Flora BC: Luzula parviflora atlas page.

CalPhotos: Luzula parviflora photos.

USDA Plants: Luzula parviflora information.

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