Oxybasis glauca subsp. ambigua


glauca: Bloom has thin powder
ambigua: uncertain, doubtful

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


Oxybasis glauca subsp. ambigua (R.Br.) Mosyakin



Flora Category

Vascular - Native

Structural Class

Dicotyledonous Herbs other than Composites


Chenopodium ambiguum R.Br.; Chenopodium glaucum subsp. ambiguum Murr. et Thell.


Not Threatened

Chromosome No.

2n = c.32-36

Endemic Taxon


Endemic Genus


Endemic Family


Life Cycle and Dispersal

Seeds are dispersed by wind and water (Thorsen et al., 2009).

Taxanomic notes

Although treated here as a subspecies of Oxybasis glauca, genetically and morphologically there is good reason to regared this plant at the rank of species. However, no combination at species rank yet exists for it in Oxybasis.

References and further reading

Thorsen, M. J.; Dickinson, K. J. M.; Seddon, P. J. 2009. Seed dispersal systems in the New Zealand flora. Perspectives in Plant Ecology, Evolution and Systematics 11: 285-309

This page last updated on 2 Jun 2014