Trisetum lepidum


Trisetum: Three-bristled
lepidum: elegant

Current Conservation Status

2012 - Not Threatened

Conservation status of New Zealand indigenous vascular plants, 2012
The conservation status of all known New Zealand vascular plant taxa at the rank of species and below were reassessed in 2012 using the New Zealand Threat Classification System (NZTCS). This report includes a statistical summary and brief notes on changes since 2009 and replaces all previous NZTCS lists for vascular plants. Authors: Peter J. de Lange, Jeremy R. Rolfe, Paul D. Champion, Shannel P. Courtney, Peter B. Heenan, John W. Barkla, Ewen K. Cameron, David A. Norton and Rodney A. Hitchmough. File size: 792KB

Previous Conservation Status

2009 - Not Threatened
2004 - Not Threatened


Trisetum lepidum Edgar et A.P.Druce



Flora Category

Vascular - Native

NVS Species Code


The National Vegetation Survey (NVS) Databank is a physical archive and electronic databank containing records of over 94,000 vegetation survey plots - including data from over 19,000 permanent plots. NVS maintains a standard set of species code abbreviations that correspond to standard scientific plant names from the Ngä Tipu o Aotearoa - New Zealand Plants database.

Structural Class





Endemic. North, South and Stewart Islands, from Mt Pirongia and Hikurangi south. Also on the Chatham Islands


In open forest (often Nothofagus), scrub or tussock grassland. Also along river, stream and lake margins, showing a distinct preference for calcareous rocks, or base-rich rock facies.

Propagation Technique

Easy from fresh seed and rooted pieces. An attractive and easily grown grass. Does best in damp ground in a cool, shaded spot.


Not Threatened

Chromosome No.

2n = 28

Endemic Taxon


Endemic Genus


Endemic Family


Where To Buy

Not commercially available.

Taxanomic notes

May hybridise with T. tenellum (Petrie) A.W.Hill and T. youngii Hook.f.

This page last updated on 20 Jan 2014