Luzula modesta Buchenau APNI*
Synonyms: Luzula australasica auct. non Steud. APNI*
Description: Small perennial with tallish tufts from extensive rhizomes 1–3 mm diam., often with fibrous leaf remains at base.
Leaves 2–7 mm wide, rather flaccid, ± flat; margins papillose, sparsely hairy; apex obtuse.
Culms 18–50 cm long, 0.5–1.4 mm diam., much exceeding leaves. Inflorescence 1–3 cm long, of 1–4 sessile clusters, oblong or ovate in outline. Leafy bracts 1–3; apex obtuse. Flowers 2.0–3.0 mm long. Outer tepals acuminate, inner acute, pale brown to red-brown with broad white to hyaline margins. Anthers 0.5–0.9 mm long.
Capsule usually shorter than tepals (sometimes equalling them), red-brown or occasionally pale brown, papillose near apex; seeds 1.1–1.5 mm long; caruncle a quarter to a third the length of seed.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in alpine and subalpine bogs; south from Barrington Tops.
NSW subdivisions: NT, CT, ST
Other Australian states: Vic. Tas.
Apparently hybridizes extensively with L. novae-cambriae.
Text by E. Edgar & K. L. Wilson
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 4 (1993)
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