Scientific Name:
Luzula multiflora (Retz.) Lej. (1811)
Vernacular Name(s):
Many-flowered woodrush

Grass-like, densely tufted. Leaves (1.5)–2–4 mm wide, < stems, bright green, villous on margins in lower half, tip obtuse; sheaths with thick tuft of white tangled hairs at mouth, especially noticeable in cauline leaves. Flowering stems 20–30–(60) cm high, erect. Inflorescence umbel-like with a central cluster and 3–10 few-flowered lateral oblong clusters c. 5 mm diam. on ± equal erect peduncles to 4 cm long. Flowers 2.5–3 mm long, not close-set, with bases of flowers and rhachis between them visible; tepals red-brown with broad whitish membranous margins. Stamens 6, anthers ± = filaments. Capsule < tepals, red-brown. Seeds with conspicuous white caruncle.

[From: Healy and Edgar (1980) Flora of New Zealand. Volume 3.]