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Luzula crinita
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Scientific classification
  • Luzula campestris var. crinita (Hook.f.) Buchenau

Luzula crinita is a species of flowering plant in the rush family that is native to the subantarctic islands of New Zealand and Australia. The specific epithet comes from the Latin crinitus (hairy tufted), with reference to the leaves.


Luzula crinita is a perennial herb growing in stiff, dark green clumps 40–450 mm in height. The leaves have incurved edges, with long marginal hairs. The inflorescence is usually a single, rounded, brownish-black head with densely crowded florets and a hairy bracteole margin. The flowers are 2–2.5 mm long, with six stamens. The tepals and capsule are dark brown.

Distribution and habitat

The plant is found on New Zealand's Antipodes, Auckland and Campbell Islands, as well as on Australia's Macquarie Island. It grows in Agrostis grassland, in fellfield and along the margins of marshes, from sea level to an altitude of 370 m. It flowers from October to January.

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