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Lycotcoris campestris

Luzula campestris

Luzula campestris is a rush commonly known as Field Wood-rush, Good Friday Grass or Sweep's Brush. It is a very common plant throughout temperate Europe and Asia. It is found on all types of grassland including lawns, golf-courses and fields. It is relatively short, between 5 cm and 15 cm tall. It spreads via short stolons and also via seed produced in one stemless cluster of flowers together with three to six stemmed clusters of flowers. It flowers between March and June in the northern temperate zone (September to December in the southern hemisphere) and can be a peristent weed of decorative grassland. The chromosome number is 12, 24 or 36.

The closely related Luzula multiflora, native in much of North America, is treated as a variety of Luzula campestris by many botanists, though the Flora of North America treats it as distinct. Other very similar species occur in Malaysia and New Zealand.

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