Luzula novae-cambriae Gand. APNI*
Synonyms: Luzula oldfieldii var. angustifolia H.Nordensk. APNI*
Description: Small perennial, with coarse tufts, often with persistent fibrous leaf remains at base, usually shortly rhizomatous.
Leaves 2–6 mm wide, flat, rather soft; margins very sparsely hairy except for dense fringe near base, with or without marginal papillae; apex obtuse.
Culms 12–30 cm long, 0.5–1.4 mm diam., slightly exceeding leaves, elongating in fruit up to twice the leaf length. Inflorescence of several clusters 0.5–1 cm diam., on short peduncles to 2 cm long (often drooping in fruit). Leafy bracts 1 or 2; apex obtuse. Flowers 2.5–3.2 mm long. Tepals acute, red-brown to dark brown with whitish membranous margins (often narrow but conspicuous). Anthers 0.7–1.3 mm long.
Capsule slightly shorter than or equalling tepals, usually dark red-brown, papillose near apex or smooth; seeds 1.2–1.8 mm long; caruncle fifth the length of seed.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in alpine and subalpine herbfields, grassy slopes, and Snow Gum woodland; south from the Kosciusko area.
NSW subdivisions: ST
Other Australian states: Vic. Tas.
Apparently hybridizes extensively with L. modesta.
Text by E. Edgar & K. L. Wilson
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 4 (1993)
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