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

Luzula rufescens Fisch. ex E. Mey.
rusty wood-rush (rufous woodrush)
Juncaceae (Rush family)

Introduction to Vascular Plants

© Mike Russum  Email the photographer   (Photo ID #65690)

E-Flora BC Static Map
Distribution of Luzula rufescens
Click here to view the full interactive map and legend
Details about map content are available here
Click on the map dots to view record details.

Species Information

Click on the image below to view an expanded illustration for this species.

Perennial, loosely tufted herb from elongated rhizomes; stems 10-35 cm tall.
Mostly basal, flat, sparsely fringed with fine hairs on the margins, about 2-5 cm long, 1-3.5 mm wide, with sharp tips.
Inflorescence a loose, open umbel with flowers borne singly on long, spreading branches; perianth segments brown with translucent margins, 2-3 mm long, lanceolate, pointed, the inner about the same length as the outer; stamens 6; anthers 0.4-0.6 mm long, shorter than the filaments; bractlets entire.
Capsules, egg-shaped, rounded and pointed at the tops, slightly longer than the perianth segments; seeds spindle-shaped, 1.1-1.6 mm long, with a short, thin, yellowish tail.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Dry to mesic open forests and forest margins, gravel bars, riverbanks and wetland edges in the montane zone; rare in NE BC; amphiberingian, N to AK and YT; E Asia.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


Ecological Framework for Luzula rufescens

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




Elevation (metres) 930 930 930
Slope Gradient (%) 15 15 15
Aspect (degrees)
[0 - N; 90 - E; 180 - S; 270 - W]
40 40 40
Soil Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
5 5 5
Modal Nutrient Regime
Number of field plots
 species was recorded in:
Modal BEC Zone Class
All BEC Zones (# of stations/zone) species was recorded in: BWBS(2)


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 not evaluated, unknown or variable.

Synonyms and Alternate Names

Luzula pilosa var. rufescens (Fisch. ex E. Mey.) B. Boivin

Taxonomic and Nomenclatural Links

Additional Photo Sources

General References