Vascular Plants of North Carolina
Account for Common Woodrush - Luzula multiflora var. multiflora   (Ehrhart) Lejeune
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Author(Ehrhart) Lejeune
DistributionScattered occurrences in Mountains and Piedmont. The species is probably overlooked as another species, or simply under-collected, especially as there are records for most of the VA counties (as seen on the Digital Atlas of the Virginia Flora website). Thus, the many holes in the NC maps should become filled in eventually.

Circumboreal, in N.A. from Newf. to B.C., south to GA and OR.
AbundanceUncommon to infrequent
HabitatMesic to dry woodlands and forests, fields, roadside forest margins.
PhenologyFlowering and fruiting late March-July.
IdentificationCommon Woodrush rarely exceeds a foot tall. Like L. echinata and bulbosa, most leaves are basal and near-basal and wispy hairy, and the inflorescence has rather short branches. Each head contains 6-20 flowers and is longer than wide. Common Woodrush and Bulbous Woodrush have strongly ascending or erect branches (vs. often spreading on longer branches in Hedgehog Woodrush). From Bulbous Woodrush, told by longer seeds (1.1-1.7 mm vs. 0.9-1.3) and lack of whitish bulblets on roots.
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State RankS2? [S3?]
Global RankG5T5
State StatusW7 [W1]
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