Luzula meridionalis var. flaccida (Buch.) Nordensk.

Bot. Not. 122: 76 (1969) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Plants rarely bulbous at base. Leaf margins rather sparsely ciliate. Tepals 2–3 mm long, pale brown with rather broad pale margins; capsule pale, yellow-brown, subequal to, or minutely exceeding tepals. Flowers mainly Sep.–Feb.

Brid, CVU, DunT, EGL, EGU, GipP, Glep, Gold, GGr, HFE, HNF, HSF, LoM, MonT, NIS, OtP, OtR, SnM, Strz, VAlp, VRiv, VVP, WaP, WPro, Wim. All states except WA, NT. The most abundant of the three varieties in Victoria, generally occurring in moist forests where common (e.g. Otway Range, East Gippsland) and ascending to the subalps and alps where it is an occasional component of shrubby thickets, grassland and Eucalyptus pauciflora woodlands.

Forms with contracted inflorescences may superficially resemble L. modesta, but are distinguishable from this mostly alpine species by the absence of rhizomes and the smaller seeds with relatively longer caruncles. Plants growing at high-altitudes in exposed, rocky situations may be difficult to distinguish from L. novae-cambriae if seeds are not available. Edgar (1975) further recognizes two informal groups within var. flaccida: (a) 'short anther'-typically with the inflorescence reduced, sometimes to a single cluster; tepals with narrow, pale brown central stripe; anthers c. 0.4 mm long. (b) 'long anther'-with several flower clusters in inflorescence; tepals with conspicuous reddish or dark brown central stripe; anthers c. 0.9 mm long. However, occasional plants of intermediate condition occur.

Source: Walsh, N.G. (1994). Luzula. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 2, Ferns and Allied Plants, Conifers and Monocotyledons. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
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Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Luzula meridionalis var. flaccida in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Luzula meridionalis var. flaccida in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
Wimmera present native
Glenelg Plain present native
Bridgewater present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Victorian Riverina present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Otway Plain present native
Warrnambool Plain present native
Goldfields present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Greater Grampians present native
Dundas Tablelands present native
Northern Inland Slopes present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Wilsons Promontory present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Otway Ranges present native
Strzelecki Ranges present native
Monaro Tablelands present native
Highlands-Far East present native
Victorian Alps present native
Snowy Mountains present native

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Australian Capital Territory