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Luzula multiflora
common woodrush

Distribution: Occurring on both sides of the Cascades crest in Washington; Alaska to Oregon, east to Alberta and western Montana; also in northeastern United States.

Habitat: Fields, meadows, open woods and clearings, at low to middle elevations in the mountains.

Flowers: May-July

Origin: Native

Growth Duration: Perennial

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Densely to loosely tufted perennials, the stems 10-40 cm. tall.


Basal leaves 3.5-12 cm. long and 2-6 mm. broad; cauline leaves similar, not overlapping, equaling or exceeding the inflorescence.


Inflorescence of 3-16 cylindric clusters, 1 or 2 sessile, the others pedunculate, each cluster with 8-16 flowers; secondary branches sometimes present, usually straight and erect; perianth straw-colored to brown, with clear margins, 2-4 mm. long; 6 tepals of equal length, pointed; anthers up to twice as long as the filaments; style deciduous in fruit.


Capsule globose, pale to brown to black, usually shorter than the perianth.

Accepted Name:
Luzula multiflora (Ehrh.) Lej.
Publication: Flore des Environs de Spa. 1: 169. 1811.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
Luzula campestris (L.) DC. var. frigida Buchenau [HC]
Luzula campestris (L.) DC. var. multiflora (Ehrh.) ńĆelak. [HC]
Luzula multiflora (Ehrh.) Lej. ssp. frigida (Buchenau) V.I. Krecztowicz, misapplied [FNA22]
Luzula multiflora (Ehrh.) Lej. ssp. frigida (Buchenau) V.I. Krecztowicz [FNA22]
Luzula multiflora (Ehrh.) Lej. ssp. multiflora [FNA22]
Luzula multiflora (Ehrh.) Lej. var. multiflora [KZ99]
Additional Resources:

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

WA Flora Checklist: Luzula multiflora checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Luzula multiflora atlas page.

CalPhotos: Luzula multiflora photos.

USDA Plants: Luzula multiflora information.

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