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Luzula hitchcockii
Hitchcock's woodrush, smooth woodrush

Distribution: Occurring on both sides of the Cascades crest in Washington; southern British Columbia to Crater Lake and the Wallowa Mountains of Oregon, east to Alberta, Montana, and northwestern Wyoming.

Habitat: Montane forests to alpine slopes, ridges and meadows.

Flowers: July-September

Origin: Native

Growth Duration: Perennial

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Grass-like perennial from strong rhizomes, the stems single or tufted, 1.5-5 dm. tall.


Basal leaves several; cauline leaves 4-5, the blades 2-6 cm. long and 4-10 mm. broad, with soft hairs near the base.


: Inflorescence a loose, nodding to erect panicle 3-8 cm. long; bracts brownish, finely lacerate; flowers mostly single, deep brown or purplish-brown; perianth about 3 mm. long, the 6 segments broadly lanceolate, acuminate; stamens 6, the anthers 0.8-1.2 mm. long, much longer than the filaments; style nearly 1 mm. long, stigmas 2 mm. long.


Capsule ovoid, purplish-brown, equalling the perianth.

Accepted Name:
Luzula hitchcockii Hämet-Ahti
Publication: Annales Botanici Fennici. 8: 368. 1971.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
Luzula glabrata (Hoppe ex Rostk.) Desv., misapplied
Luzula glabrata (Hoppe ex Rostk.) Desv. var. hitchcockii (Hämet-Ahti) Dorn [KZ99]
Additional Resources:

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

WA Flora Checklist: Luzula hitchcockii checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Luzula hitchcockii atlas page.

CalPhotos: Luzula hitchcockii photos.

USDA Plants: Luzula hitchcockii information.

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