Panarctic Flora


320210 Luzula nivalis (Laest.) Spreng.


Kanin - Pechora: Rare
Svalbard - Franz Joseph Land: Frequent
Polar Ural - Novaya Zemlya: Frequent
Yamal - Gydan: Scattered
Taimyr - Severnaya Zemlya: Frequent
Anabar - Onenyo: Scattered
Kharaulakh: Frequent
Yana - Kolyma: Frequent
West Chukotka: Frequent
Wrangel Island: Frequent
South Chukotka: Frequent
East Chukotka: Frequent
Western Alaska: Rare
Northern Alaska - Yukon: Frequent
Central Canada: Frequent
Hudson Bay - Labrador: Frequent
Ellesmere Island: Frequent
Western Greenland: Scattered
Eastern Greenland: Scattered
Polar desert: Frequent
Northern arctic Tundra: Frequent
Mid Arctic Tundra: Frequent
Southern Arcti Tundra: Frequent
Shrub Tundra: Scattered
Bordering boreal or alpine areas: Rare

2n= 24. - Europe (N), Siberia (N), Far East (N), Alaska, Canada, Greenland. - Numerous reports.

Geography: Circumpolar-alpine: NOR RUS SIB RFE ALA CAN GRL.

Notes: Egorova et al.: Very many authors have applied the name Luzula arctica Blytt 1861 for this species (e.g., Hultén 1968a in Alaska and the Yukon Territory; Böcher et al. 1978 in Greenland; Chrtek and Krísa 1980 in Europe; Elven 1994 in Norway and Svalbard; Elven and Elvebakk 1996 in Svalbard; Cody 1996 in the Yukon Territory; Swab 2000 in North America), whereas Russian authors mostly have applied the name L. nivalis. The application of L. arctica is based on arguments by Hylander (1945, 1953b) that the earlier name L. nivalis Sprengel 1825 refers to another plant. However, Sprengel's name is explicitly based on L. campestris var. nivalis Laest., and the application must follow the type of the basionym. The lectotypes of Blytt's "arctica" (from Norway) and Laestadius' "nivalis" (from Sweden) belong to the same taxon. Kirschner's (2001b) designation of a lectotype of L. campestris var. nivalis finishes this issue.

Higher Taxa