(Small-flower Woodrush)

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Luzula parviflora, Peak 7, Breckenridge, Summit Co. 5820

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Luzula parviflora, Peak 7, Breckenridge, Summit Co. 5828

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Luzula parviflora, Peak 7, Breckenridge, Summit Co. 5824

Scientific Name Luzula parviflora USDA PLANTS Symbol LUPA4
Common Name Small-flower Woodrush ITIS Taxonomic Serial No. 39347
Family Juncaceae (Rush) SEINet
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Description Life zones and habitat: Foothills to alpine (6700 to 12000 ft.); moist areas forests and stream and lake margins.
Plant: Loosely-tufted perennial, 12 to 40 inches tall; erect, smooth culms are unbranched and often reddish at the base and lower internodes; short horizontal stems (stolons).
Foliage: Basal leaf blade 4.7 to 6.7 inches long and 0.2 to 0.4 inch wide and mostly smooth; a few to several stem leaves 2.8 to 3.5 inches long and 0.1 to 0.2 inches wide.
Inflorescence: Loose branching paniculate clusters at the tip of the stem, the branches and stalks arching to drooping; single flowers at branch tips about 1/4-inch across with 6 tepals that are lanceolate to narrowly triangular, tapering to a pointed tip.
Bloom period: June to September.
Reference: "Flora of Colorado" by Jennifer Ackerfield, Minnesota Wildflowers and SEINet.
BONAP Distribution Map
Colorado Status:
Native

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