Luzula sylvatica

Tracheophyta MagnoliopsidaJuncaceaeLuzulaLuzula sylvatica


Characteristic of a range of damp, acidic, usually shaded habitats, this rhizomatous patch-former is found in lowland woods, often beside streams, on peaty heaths and moors, and on rock ledges and rocky streamsides in mountainous regions. It is intolerant of grazing and it is often confined to woods or, in the uplands, rocks. 0-1040 m (Carrantuohil, S. Kerry).



World Distribution

European Temperate element.

Broad Habitats

Light (Ellenberg): 5

Moisture (Ellenberg): 5

Reaction (Ellenberg): 4

Nitrogen (Ellenberg): 4


Salt Tolerance (Ellenberg): 0

January Mean Temperature (Celsius): 3.3

July Mean Temperature (Celsius): 14.1

Annual Precipitation (mm): 1208

Life form information

Height (cm): 80

Perennation - primary


Life Form - primary




Clonality - primary

Rhizome shortly creeping

Distribution information

Count of 10km squares in Great Britain: 2058

Count of 10km squares in Ireland: 621

Count of 10km squares in the Channel Isles: 4

Atlas Change Index: -0.02

Weighted Changed Factor: 10

Weighted Change Factor Confidence (90%)


Distribution information

JNCC Designations


PLANTATT - Attributes of British and Irish plants. (.zip 1455KB) This dataset was compiled and published in 2004, and last updated in November 2008. Download includes an Excel spreadsheet of the attributes, and a PDF explaining the background and nomenclature. Note that the PDF version is the booklet as published, whereas the Excel spreadsheet incorporates subsequent corrections. A hardcopy can be purchased from the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology.