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

Luzula hitchcockii HΣmet-Ahti
Hitchcock's wood-rush
Juncaceae (Rush family)

Introduction to Vascular Plants

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Species Information

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Perennial herb with conspicuous rhizomes; stems 20-35 cm tall.
Flat, sparsely fringed with fine hairs only around the sheaths, about 5-15 cm long, 6-9 mm wide, with sharp tips, shorter than the stems.
Inflorescence open, loose, with flowers borne singly or in 2-flowered clusters, the stalks spreading, usually erect; perianth segments dark brown to chestnut-brown, 2.5-3 mm long, lanceolate, pointed, the inner about the same length as the outer; stamens 6; anthers 1.2-1.5 mm long, longer than the filaments.
Capsules, egg-shaped, pointed, longer than the perianth segments, 2.8-3.8 mm long, the beaks up to 1 mm long; seeds lopsided-ellipsoid, 1.3-1.6 mm long, lacking appendages.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Dry to mesic meadows, shrubby slopes and open ridges in the subalpine and alpine zones; frequent in and E of the Coast-Cascade Mountains S of 52degreeN; E to AB and S to WY, ID and OR.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


Ecological Framework for Luzula hitchcockii

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)

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Value / Class




Elevation (metres) 22 1906 2555
Slope Gradient (%) 0 30 250
Aspect (degrees)
[0 - N; 90 - E; 180 - S; 270 - W]
0 268 360
Soil Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
0 3 7
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: AT(54), BAFA(3), CWH(5), ESSF(309), ICH(3), IMA(11), MH(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 subalpine boreal & cool mesothermal.

Synonyms and Alternate Names

Luzula glabrata (Hoppe ex Rostk.) Desv.

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