West Highland Flora

Heath Woodrush


Luzula multiflora

 

Luzula multiflora

Photo Carl Farmer
18 Aug 2002 Scorrybreac, Skye
(green stem is not part of plant in this pic)

Common in moorland, grassland, woods, liking more acid habitats than Field Woodrush.

Individual flowers c 2.5-3 mm long.  Plant typically 20-35 cm high.

ID: Has 3-10 compact flowerheads each with 8-18 flowers.  Sometimes each flowerhead is stalked as in pic on left (var multiflora), sometimes (var congesta) the whole inflorescence is compacted to look like a single large flowerhead (but var congesta can have some bits of the head on stalks).  Field Woodrush is similar to the uncongested version but much smaller with leaves max 4 mm wide, max 12 flowers in each of max 8 heads, and yet has larger flowers, 3-4 mm.  Stunted specimens of Heath W can be told from Field W when in flower by the anthers being about as long as their filaments, instead of over twice as long.

Other features: Fruit almost spherical.  Plant tufted.

 

Luzula multiflora

Photo Carl Farmer
31 May 2003 Storr, Skye

  Luzula multiflora var congesta

Photo Carl Farmer
22 May 2004 Portree, Skye
Flowerhead c 1.9 cm across at widest

On the left is var multiflora, about to expand into a many-stalked flowerhead, and on the right is var congesta.
 

Luzula multiflora var congesta

Photo Carl Farmer
6 May 2002 Portree, Skye

Var congesta again, showing the white hairs on the leaves common to all Luzula species.


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