E-Flora BC: Electronic Atlas of the Flora of British Columbia

Luzula piperi (Coville) M.E. Jones
Piper's wood-rush
Juncaceae (Rush family)

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Species Information

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General:
Perennial, loosely tufted herb from short rhizomes; stems bluish-green, 20-40 cm tall.
Leaves:
Mostly basal, flat, sparsely fringed with fine hairs only around the sheaths, about 5-15 cm long, 3-5 mm wide, with sharp tips, shorter than the stems, the stem leaves 3, up to 5 mm wide.
Flowers:
Inflorescence loose, open, nodding, with flowers borne singly or in 2-flowered clusters, the stalks arched; perianth segments dark brown with distinct midribs, 1.8-2.3 mm long, lanceolate, pointed, the inner about the same length as the outer; stamens 6; anthers 0.4-0.6 mm long, about as long as or shorter than the filaments; bracts and bractlets strongly fringed with long, curly hairs.
Fruits:
Capsules, ellipsoid, pointed, longer than the perianth segments, brown; seeds cylindrical, 1-1.2 mm long, lacking appendages.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Moist meadows, shrubby slopes, streambanks and thickets in the subalpine and alpine zones; frequent throughout BC in and E of the Coast-Cascade Mountains; amphiberingian, N to AK and YT, E to AB and S to CO and N CA; E Asia.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Ecology

Ecological Framework for Luzula piperi

The table below shows the species-specific information calculated from
original data (BEC database) provided by the BC Ministry of Forests and Range.
(Updated August, 2013)

Site Information
Value / Class

Minimum

Average

Maximum

Elevation (metres) 12 1962 2605
Slope Gradient (%) 0 27 220
Aspect (degrees)
[0 - N; 90 - E; 180 - S; 270 - W]
0 163 360
Soil Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
0 3 7
Modal Nutrient Regime
Class
C
Number of field plots
 species was recorded in:
612
Modal BEC Zone Class
ESSF
All BEC Zones (# of stations/zone) species was recorded in: AT(98), BAFA(70), BWBS(2), CMA(32), CWH(2), ESSF(307), ICH(1), IMA(45), MH(4), MS(4), SWB(12)

Climate

The climate type for this species, as reported in the: "British Columbia plant species codes and selected attributes. Version 6 Database" (Meidinger et al. 2008), is alpine tundra & boreal.

Synonyms and Alternate Names

Juncoides piperi Coville
Luzula wahlenbergii Rupr.
Luzula wahlenbergii subsp. piperi (Coville) Hultén

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