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Luzula campestris (L.) DC.
field wood-rush (field woodrush)
Juncaceae (Rush family)

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Luzula campestris ssp. campestris

Species Information

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Perennial herb from long, creeping rhizomes and stolons; stems 5-25 cm tall.
Flat, fringed with fine hairs, 2-5 cm long, 2-3.5 mm wide, gradually tapering to the tips; sheaths green.
Inflorescence dense, with 2 to 7 clusters on stiff stalks, each cluster with 3 to 10 flowers, without remote basal flowers; perianth segments green to dark brown or chestnut-brown, 2.5-4.5 mm long, egg-shaped, pointed or short-awned, the inner about the same length as the outer; stamens 6; anthers 1.2-1.8 mm long, much longer than the filaments; bractlets scarcely fringed with fine to coarse hairs, shorter than the flowers and 1/2 the length of the perianth segments; lower bract leaflike, well developed, shorter than the inflorescence.
Capsules, egg-shaped, blunt, about the same length as the perianth segments; seeds rounded, slightly elongated, 0.9-1.2 mm long, with basal appendages.
The name "L. campestris" has been applied to a number of members of Luzula section Luzula. When applied in a strict sense, it corresponds to the taxon that has long rhizomes and stolons.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Moist lawns in the lowland zone; rare in SW BC, known only from Courtenay and possibly the lower Fraser valley; introduced from Europe.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


Ecological Framework for Luzula campestris

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) 455 1102 1750
Slope Gradient (%) 0 15 40
Aspect (degrees)
[0 - N; 90 - E; 180 - S; 270 - W]
20 261 290
Soil Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
1 2 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: BAFA(1), ICH(1)


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

Juncoides campestre (L.) Kuntze
Luzula campestris var. congesta (Thuill.) E. Mey.
Luzula campestris var. minor (Satake) S.L. Welsh
Luzula comosa var. congesta (Thuill.) S. Watson
Luzula kobayasii Satake
Luzula kobayasii var. minor Satake
Luzula multiflora subsp. congesta (Thuill.) Hyl.
Luzula multiflora var. congesta (Thuill.) W.D.J. Koch
Luzula multiflora var. minor (Satake) Roy L. Taylor & MacBryde

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