West Highland Flora

Great Woodrush


Luzula sylvatica

 

Luzula sylvatica

Photo Carl Farmer
25 June 2003 Armadale, Skye

Very common in woods and shady places, in open ground and on rock ledges.

Leaves c 10 mm wide, 10-30 cm long.  Stems 30-80 cm high.  Tepals 3-3.5 mm long.

ID: Much larger than any other woodrush; the only one with leaves over 6 mm wide or stem more than 40 cm high.

Other features: Flowers in groups of 3 or 4.  Leaves remain green(ish) all winter and are picked by Golden Eagles to line their eyries.

 

Luzula sylvatica

Photo Carl Farmer
2 May 2002 Portree, Skye

  Luzula sylvatica

Photo Carl Farmer
21 Jan 2003 Portree, Skye

Left: leaf, showing the white hairs that distinguish a woodrush (Luzula) from a rush (Juncus)

Above: Over-wintering clump

 

 

Luzula sylvatica

Photo Carl Farmer
8 Mar 2004 Portree, Skye

Sides of triangular inflorescence c 10 mm

  Luzula sylvatica

Photo Carl Farmer
11 May 2002 Inverness

Left-hand pic shows inflorescence just emerging in Spring; right-hand pic shows how it looks when expanded.


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