Common name: Slender Woodrush
Luzula atrata Edgar APNI*
Description: Small perennial with slender, loosely tufts on rhizome.
Leaves 1–3 mm wide, channelled; margins ± thickened, scarcely hairy above, with hairs denser below, papillose; apex obtuse.
Culms 14–25 cm long (rarely shorter), 0.5–1 mm diam., much exceeding leaves. Inflorescence a single round cluster c. 0.7–1 cm diam. Leafy bracts 1 or 2; apex acute to obtuse. Flowers 2.2–2.8 mm long. Tepals acuminate, dark brown to blackish with very narrow membranous margins. Anthers 0.4–0.8 mm long.
Capsule ± equalling tepals, dark brown to blackish, papillose towards apex; seeds 1.2–1.4 mm long; caruncle about a sixth the length of seed.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in wet margins of alpine and subalpine bogs; south from the Kosciusko area. Also Vic and Tas
NSW subdivisions: ST
Other Australian states: Vic. Tas.
Text by E. Edgar & K. L. Wilson
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 4 (1993)
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