Luzula wahlenbergii Rupr.
  • Fl. Samojed. Cisural.: 58 (1845) 

Notes: Distribution: Subarctic to Siberia

General Description

Perennials c. 20–30 cm tall, subglabrous, caespitose, sometimes with short ascending vegetative shoots. Stem with several basal and 1–2 cauline flat leaves; basal leaves 5–10 cm × 3–5 mm; upper leaves up to 3–5 cm × 2–4 mm; leaf margins papillose-serrulate; leaf tip acute. Inflorescence a lax nodding ‘panicle’ of 10–30 flowers, c. 4 cm long and 3 cm wide; flowers borne singly, pedunculate, or in 2(–3)-flowered clusters. Lower bract 4–10 mm long. Bracteoles up to 2.0 mm long, fimbriate-ciliate near apex. Tepals equal, 2.0–2.8 mm long, ±acuminate, entire, ±brown. Stamens 6; anthers 0.4–0.6 mm long, ±equalling filaments; style up to 0.5 mm long; stigmas c. 1 mm long. Capsule ellipsoidal, ±subacuminate, ±exceeding tepals; capsule segments brown, 2.0–2.4 × 1.1–1.5 mm. Seeds narrowly ellipsoidal, 1.2–1.4 × c. 0.7 mm, dark castaneous brown, without appendage; base fibrillate. 2n=24 [BL], H.Nordenskiöld, Hereditas 37: 330–331 (1951).

Diagnostic Description

Cauline leaves mid-green, 1-2; lower bract to 1 cm long; Plants usually up to 30 cm tall; cauline leaves 1-3, usually less than 5 mm wide.


Arctic and alpine mossy tundra, wet grasslands.


Arctic Eurasia and mountains of Scandinavia, Russian Far East and Transbaicalia, Alaska and Arctic Canada and Greenland. 10: FIN, NOR, SVA, SWE. 14: RUN. 30: BRY, CTA, KRA, WSB, YAK. 31: KAM, KHA, KUR, MAG, PRM. 70: ASK, GNL, NWT, YUK. 72: QUE.
10. FINLAND: Lapponia enontekiensis, 69°N, Aug 1912, J.Montell s.n. (PR). NORWAY: Finnmark, Nord-Varanger, Fossefjellet, N.Lundquist 4944 (UPS). SWEDEN: Torne Lappmark, Jukkasjärvi, 24 Jul 1904, Ringselle s.n. (PR). 14. RUSSIA NORTH: Murmansk, Imandra Lake, R.R.Pohle 6980 (MW). 30. WEST SIBERIA: Tyumen, Distr. Priuralskiy, 2.5 km N of Shuchye. 31. RUSSIAN FAR EAST: Magadan Distr., Pitlekaj, 1879 F.Kjellman s.n. (S); Chukotka, Nedle, A.A.Krause 175 (UPS). Kamchatka, Pal’matkina R., 1932 B.N.Gorodkov & B.A.Tikhomirov s.n. (S). 70. ALASKA: Nunivak Is., Nash Harbour, 1938 J.P.Anderson 3878, 3875 (S); Brooks Range, De Long Mtns, Feniak Lake, 600 m, K.Holmen & O.Mårtensson 61-1130 (UPS). CANADA, NORTHWEST TERRITORIES [Nunavut]: Franklin Distr., Frobisher Bay, 1959, E.Hultén s.n. (S).

Distribution Map

  • Native distribution
Found in
  • Asia-Temperate Russian Far East Kamchatka
  • Khabarovsk
  • Kuril Is.
  • Magadan
  • Primorye
  • Siberia Buryatiya
  • Chita
  • Krasnoyarsk
  • West Siberia
  • Yakutskiya
  • Europe Eastern Europe North European Russia
  • Northern Europe Finland
  • Norway
  • Svalbard
  • Sweden
  • Northern America Eastern Canada Québec
  • Subarctic America Alaska
  • Aleutian Is.
  • Greenland
  • Northwest Territories
  • Yukon


  • 1 Kirschner, J. & al. (2002). Juncaceae. Species Plantarum: Flora of the World 6-8: 1-237, 1-336,1-192. Australian Biological Resources Study, Canberra.
  • 2 Hultén, E.O.G. (1960). Flora of the Aleutian Islands and westernmost Alaska Peninsula: with notes on the flora of Commander Islands , ed. 2: 1-376. Weinheim : J. Cramer ; New York : Hafner Pub. Co..
  • 3 Ruprecht, F.Josef (Iva Original publication of Luzula wahlenbergii. (1845).

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