Vascular Plants of North Carolina
Account for Hairy Woodrush - Luzula acuminata   Rafinesque
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DistributionMountains and Piedmont, Piedmont-like sites in the inner Coastal Plain along brownwater rivers; a few outer Coastal Plain sites in high pH soils. Absent from the Sandhills proper and the easternmost counties.

Newf. to Man., south to northwestern FL and LA.
AbundanceFrequent to common in the mountains and Piedmont; scarce (rare to uncommon) elsewhere in the Coastal Plain. The full species is clearly an S5 one in the state, not S4.
HabitatRich mesic hardwood forests, cove forests, pine-hardwoods, rocky slope woodlands, brownwater river floodplains and streambanks; calcium-influenced soils along creeks in Jones and Craven counties; calcium-influenced soils in a wet pine savanna in Pender County.
PhenologyFlowering and fruiting April-August.
IdentificationHairy Woodrush grows mostly 8 inches to a foot tall. The grass-like leaves are mostly basal and near-basal, with a few reduced ones up the stem; the blades are rather wispy/hairy on the margins. The inflorescence is a terminal umbel (generally spherical outline, with many stalks from a central point), each stalk with a single small flower plus a second one on a short branchlet. The overall aspect makes for a very handsome plant.
Taxonomic CommentsTwo varieties occur in the state -- the more widespread var. carolinae, and the mostly montane var. acuminata.

Other Common Name(s)None
State RankS4 [S5]
Global RankG5
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B.A. SorriePiedmont, mesic slope by Big Governor's Creek and S of powerline, May 2015. MoorePhoto_natural
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