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Pakistan | Family List | Juncaceae | Luzula

Luzula spicata (Linn.) DC. in Lam. & DC., Fl.France. ed. 3:161. 1805. Hook. f.,l.c. 401; Krecz. & Gontsch. in Kom., l.c. 570; Wendelbo in Nytt Mag. Bot. 1:23. 1952; Snog. l.c. 32; R.R.Stewart, l.c. 41.

  • Juncus spicatus Linn.

    Perennial, caespitose herb, (7-) 10-30 (-40) cm tall, shortly stoloniferous with rootstock clothed with persistent brownish sheaths. Radical leaves 2-8 cm long, 1.5-2 mm broad, ± recurved, subchannelled, sparsely hairy, acutely pointed; cauline leaves 2-4, shorter and narrower than the radical leaves. Cymes spicate, terminal compact, ovoid to ovoid-oblong, 8-15 (-20) mm long, usually nodding, brown, sometimes lobate below, stalked to subsessile. Flowers 2-2.5 (-3) mm long, crowded in glomerules, brown, perianth segments equal, lanceolate, acute to subobtuse with fine awn-like points, equalling or slightly exceeding the broadly ellipsoid capsules; seed c. 1 mm long, obovoid with a short appendage at the base.

    Fl.Per.: June-July.

    Type: Habitat in Lapponia Alpibus (Sweden).

    Distribution: Most of Europe, C.& N.Asia, Himalayas, Pakistan, N.America. Intro¬duced elsewhere.

    A grass-like plant of northern mountainous parts of our area, with little or no fodder value.


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