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Luzula meridionalis H.Nordensk.
Family Juncaceae
Luzula meridionalis H.Nordensk. APNI*

Description: Small perennial with slender, rather flaccid tufts, bulbous at base.

Leaves 1–5 mm wide, flat, soft; margins either densely hairy or hairs scattered, papillae not obvious; apex obtuse.

Culms usually 18–30 cm long, 0.5–1.5 mm diam., exceeding leaves. Inflorescence of several ovoid to globular clusters c. 5–8 mm diam., the central cluster sessile with up to 9 lateral clusters on peduncles to 6 cm long. Leafy bracts 1 or 2; apex of lowest bract obtuse, upper occasionally acute. Flowers 2.6–3.5 mm long. Outer tepals acuminate, inner apiculate, red-brown to dark brown and without conspicuously paler margins, rarely pale brown with broad hyaline to pale cream-coloured margins. Anthers 0.7–1.6 mm long.

Capsule equalling or slightly shorter than tepals, pale yellow-brown to red-brown, papillose at apex; seeds 1–2 mm long; caruncle usually a third but up to a half the length of seed.

Flowering: spring–summer.

Distribution and occurrence: Grows in open forest or grassland; south from the Nandewar Range
NSW subdivisions: NT, CT, ST, NWS, CWS, SWS
Other Australian states: Vic. Tas. W.A. S.A.
AVH map***

Hybrids may occur between this and L. flaccida. Eastern Australian specimens differ from the typical form in W.A. in the usually dark tepals with inconspicuous margins, and the anthers often c. 1.1 mm long.

Text by E. Edgar & K. L. Wilson (1993); edited KL Wilson (July 2016)
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 4 (1993)

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***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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