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Luzula acutifolia Nordensk.
Family Juncaceae
Luzula acutifolia Nordensk. APNI*

Description: Low, shortly rhizomatous plants forming cushions, 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(-20) cm long, equalling or slightly exceeding leaves.

Inflorescence a single head or with 1–3 lateral clusters. Leafy bracts 1 or 2; apex acute. Tepals acuminate, dark brown to blackish, with very narrow pale brown hyaline margins.

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

Photo © ANBG

Flowering: summer.

Distribution and occurrence: Grows in alpine herbfields in the Kosciusko area (subsp. nana); type subspecies in Victoria and Tasmania.
NSW subdivisions: ST
AVH map***

Text by E. Edgar & K. L. Wilson (1993); edited K.L. Wilson March 2007
Taxon concept: E. Edgar (1975)

One subspecies in NSW : Luzula acutifolia subsp. nana

APNI* Provides a link to the Australian Plant Name Index (hosted by the Australian National Botanic Gardens) for comprehensive bibliographic data
***The AVH map option provides a detailed interactive Australia wide distribution map drawn from collections held by all major Australian herbaria participating in the Australian Virtual Herbarium project.
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