West Highland Flora

Spiked Woodrush


Luzula spicata

 

Luzula spicata

Photo Carl Farmer
11 Jul 2004 Storr, Skye
Spike c 2.5 cm long

Occasional in mountains on rock ledges or stony ground

Tepals and fruit c 2.5-3 mm long.  Stems c 6-20 cm long.  Leaves c 1-2 mm wide.

ID: Typical woodrush leaves, grass-like with scattered long white hairs, mostly in a basal tuft.  Flowers/fruits in dense clusters, the clusters arranged, with minimal stalks, along the main axis, not radiating from a common base or grouped into a rounded conglomeration.  Overall effect is spike-like.

Other features: Tepals dark brown. Stems droop at tip, spike usually pointing somewhat downward of horizontal when mature.

 

Luzula spicata

Photo Carl Farmer
5 Aug 2003 Storr, Skye

You can just about make out the stem going from bottom right to top left here

 

Luzula spicata

Photo Carl Farmer
5 Aug 2003 Storr, Skye
Total spike 19 mm long
 

Close-up of spike in previous picture

 

Photo Carl Farmer
17 Jul 2003 Storr, Skye
 

Basal leaf tufts


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