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Luzula spicata ssp. spicata
spiked woodrush

Distribution: Occurring on both sides of the Cascades crest in Washington; Alaska to California, east to the Rocky Mountains, east across northern Canada to northeastern North America; also in Eurasia.

Habitat: Subalpine to alpine slopes, moraines, and stream banks.

Flowers: June-August

Origin: Native

Growth Duration: Perennial

Conservation Status: Not of concern

Pollination: Wind


Tufted, grass-like perennial, the slender stems 1-4 dm. tall.


Basal leaves several; stem leaves narrow, slender-pointed, 1-3 mm. broad.


Inflorescence a spikelike panicle 1-3 cm. long, usually nodding; involucral bract often less than 1 cm. long, always shorter than the panicle; perianth dark brown, the 6 segments 2-3 mm. long, acuminate; anthers 0.5 mm. long, shorter than the filaments.


Capsule shorter than the perianth.

Accepted Name:
Luzula spicata (L.) DC. ssp. spicata
Publication: In J. Lamarck and A. P. de Candolle, Fl. France, ed. 3. 1: 161. 1805.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
(none provided)
Additional Resources:

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

WA Flora Checklist: Luzula spicata ssp. spicata checklist entry

OregonFlora: Luzula spicata ssp. spicata information

E-Flora BC: Luzula spicata ssp. spicata atlas page

CalPhotos: Luzula spicata ssp. spicata photos

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