Luzula pilosa

Luzula pilosa is a species of flowering plant in the rush family Juncaceae with the common name hairy wood-rush. The plant is native to northern Europe and western Asia.[1]:940[2][3]

Luzula pilosa
Luzula pilosa - Berlin Botanical Garden - IMG 8652.JPG
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Monocots
Clade: Commelinids
Order: Poales
Family: Juncaceae
Genus: Luzula
L. pilosa
Binomial name
Luzula pilosa

Juncus pilosus L.


Luzula pilosa is a short, tufted, grass-like perennial herb. The leaves are blunt, about 4mm wide, the leaf margins fringed with long fine hairs.[1] In North America the common name "hairy wood rush" is given to a similar but different species, Luzula acuminata.


It prefers moist but well-drained, somewhat acidic soils, but is not confined to them.[2] It avoids competition, and in lowland locations occurs among leaf litter or moss. It is native to Europe and western Asia. The geographical distribution of the native range includes the British Isles, northern Europe, largely avoiding the Mediterranean, and north-western Asia. It also occurs in the Caucasus.[3]


  1. ^ a b Stace, C. A. (2010). New Flora of the British Isles (Third ed.). Cambridge, U.K.: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 9780521707725.
  2. ^ a b "Online Atlas of the British and Irish Flora, Luzula pilosa, Hairy wood-rush". Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland.
  3. ^ a b Anderberg, Arne. "Luzula pilosa (L.) Willd". Naturhistoriska riksmuseet, Stockholm.

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