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Luzula spicata

Luzula spicata (L.) DC.

Spiked Woodrush

Juncaceae (Rush Family)

Synonym(s): Juncoides spicatum, Luzula spicata ssp. saximontana

USDA Symbol: LUSP4

USDA Native Status: L48 (N), AK (N), CAN (N), GL (N), SPM (N)

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.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Grass/Grass-like
Leaf: Green

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Green
Bloom Time: Apr , May


USA: AK , AZ , CA , CO , ID , ME , MT , NH , NM , NV , NY , OR , UT , VT , WA , WY
Canada: NS

Growing Conditions

Water Use: High
Light Requirement: Part Shade
CaCO3 Tolerance: Low

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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.

Additional resources

USDA: Find Luzula spicata in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Luzula spicata in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Luzula spicata


Record Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff

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