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Luzula acutifolia subsp. nana Edgar
Family Juncaceae
Luzula acutifolia subsp. nana Edgar APNI*

Description: Low, shortly rhizomatous plants forming mats or extensive swards.

Leaves 1–4 mm wide, channelled towards apex, broader and flatter below, may persist at base of plant; margins not thickened, almost glabrous, papillose or smooth; apex acute. Culms 3–8 cm long, equalling or slightly exceeding leaves.

Inflorescence a single ovate to oblong cluster c. 0.7–1 cm long, c. 0.7 cm diam. Leafy bracts 1 or 2; apex acute. Flowers 2.0–2.7 mm long. Tepals acuminate, dark brown to blackish, with very narrow pale brown hyaline margins. Anthers 0.6–1.2 mm long.

Capsule ± equalling tepals, red-brown to dark brown, smooth; seeds 1–1.5 mm long; caruncle about one eighth to one seventh the length of the seed.


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Flowering: summer.

Distribution and occurrence: Grows in alpine herbfields in the Kosciusko area.
NSW subdivisions: ST
AVH map***

Text by E. Edgar & K. L. Wilson (1993); edited KL Wilson (June 2010)
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW vol. 4 (1993)


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