Luzula arcuata

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Luzula arcuata
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Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Monocots
Clade: Commelinids
Order: Poales
Family: Juncaceae
Genus: Luzula
L. arcuata
Binomial name
Luzula arcuata

Luzula arcuata is a species of flowering plant in the rush family Juncaceae with the modern common name Curved Wood-rush (formerly Curved Mountain Hair-rush).[1] The plant is native to mountains of northern Europe, north-western and north-eastern Asia and north-western North America.[2][3]


Luzula arcuata is a short (up to 10 cm), tufted, shortly rhizomatous, grass-like perennial herb. Leaves channelled, hairy. The longer flower stalks droop, curving downwards.[4]: 941 


It has a very local distribution, confined to open ground and mountain summit plateaux above 1,250 metres that are sufficiently exposed to be kept snow-free.[2][4] Its native distribution includes Iceland, Svalbard, northern Norway and Scottish mountains and mountains of Western North America and the Kamchatka peninsula.[3]


  1. ^ James Edward Smith & James Sowerby, English Botany. New Edition, Vol. 3, 1836. Page 68, Tab 518* Supplement Index: "Tab. 2718 - "Luzula campestris" var". Plate erroneously engraved 2719.
  2. ^ a b "Online Atlas of the British and Irish Flora, Luzula arcuata, Curved wood-rush". Biological Records Centre and Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland.
  3. ^ a b Anderberg, Arne. "Luzula arcuata (Wahlenb.) Sw". Naturhistoriska riksmuseet, Stockholm.
  4. ^ a b Stace, C. A. (2010). New Flora of the British Isles (Third ed.). Cambridge, U.K.: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 9780521707725.