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Luzula multiflora (Ehrh.) Lej.
Common woodrush, Woodrush
USDA Symbol: LUMU2
Densely tufted stems topped by 4-12 spike-like or head-like clusters of many tiny, brownish flowers enclosed in small shiny bracts, with leaf-like bracts beneath each cluster. Most of the many woodrushes that grow in North America are rather difficult to tell apart. In spite of the resemblance of rushes and woodrushes to grasses or sedges, they have the same number and arrangement of flower parts as lilies.
A member of the family Juncaceae which includes herbs, rarely shrubs, with mostly grass-like leaves, usually in a basal tuft, and small greenish or brownish flower in dense spikes or heads or sometimes in loose clusters or even solitary.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Green , Purple , Brown
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun , Jul
, WY Canada: BC
, PE Native Distribution:
Alaska and British Columbia south and east across Canada to Greenland and Newfoundland, south to South Carolina, west to Missouri, and north to South Dakota and Minnesota; also from Montana south to New Mexico and westward. Native Habitat:
Fields and open woods.
Plants in the genus
Lupinus, especially the seeds, can be toxic to humans and animals if ingested. Sensitivity to a toxin varies with a personís age, weight, physical condition, and individual susceptibility. Children are most vulnerable because of their Conspicuous Flowers:
National Wetland Indicator Status
This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1
(Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here
for map of regions.
From the National Organizations Directory
According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is either on display or available from the following:
Native Seed Network
- Corvallis, OR
Record Last Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff