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Last updated 4/19/2018 by David Giblin.
Luzula nivea (L.) DC.[HC2]
snowy woodrush

Publication: Fl. Franc. (DC. & Lamarck), ed. 3. 3: 158. 1805.

Origin: Introduced from Europe

selected vouchers: WTU

Notes: Rarely spreading from garden plantings in King Co. Native to the Alps, often on calcareous soils, and here found reseeding into cracks in concrete sidewalks.

Note that authorship (Nathh.) DC is incorrect. From Werner Greuter:

"I assume that the (erroneous!) date 1756 refers to publication of the original Linnean Thesis (defended by Nathhorst), which following Rothmaler's "rediscovery" of these theses has often been accepted as the place of valid publication for the included new names. See Art. 33 Ex. 1 for the rationale for rejecting the 1756 date. "


» Kirschner, J., Ed. 2002. Juncaceae 1: Rostkovia to Luzula, Species Plantarum: Flora of the World Part 6. Australian Biological Resources Study, Canberra, Australia. 237 p.
» Tutin, T. G., V. H. Heywood, N. A. Burges, D. M. Moore, D. H. Valentine, S. M. Walters and D.A. Webb, eds. 1980. Flora Europaea, Vol. 5, Alismataceae to Orchidaceae (Monocotyledones). Cambridge Univ. Press, Cambridge, UK. 452 p.
Synonyms & Misapplied Names:
Juncus niveus L.