Gaimardia: after Gaimard
Gaimardia setacea Hook.f.
Vascular - Native
Indigenous. New Zealand: South and Stewart Islands. Also in New Guinea and Tasmania.
In the South Island strictly montane to alpine., in bogs. On Stewart Island in similar sites but at lower altitudes as well as alpine.
Compact, dark brown, occasionally glaucescent herb forming cushions up to 900 mm across. Roots fibrous. Stems 20–80 mm long, erect, wiry. Leaves 5–20 mm long, << 0.5 mm wide, distichous, very stiff erect to erecto-patent, glabrous, linear-setaceous, tapering to a long acicular tip; sheath almost = lamina in length, glabrous, lustrous, brown, produced at the tip into a ligule. Flowering stems > leaves, naked, terminated by 2–3 alternate glume-like, minutely papillate bracts; each bract enclosing 1 pseudanthium only, the third or uppermost bract sterile; hyaline scales 0. Male 2 in each pseudanthium. Female, 2 in each pseudanthium, styles not connate; occasionally with one ovary aborting. Fruit slightly > 0.5 mm. long, oblong-ovoid, surface faintly and irregularly reticulate
Distinguished from Centrolepis Labill. by have two male flowers per pseudanthium; two fused and collateral female flowers; two-three, distinctly alternate, glume-like floral bracts and opaque, light-brown leaf-sheaths.
November – January
January – March
Difficult. Should not be removed from the wild.
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Description adapted from: Moore, L.B.; Edgar, E. 1970: Flora of New Zealand. Vol. II. Government Printer, Wellington.
This page last updated on 10 Feb 2012