Blindia lewinskyae

Common Name(s)


Current Conservation Status

2009 - 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

2004 - Range Restricted


Blindia lewinskyae J.K.Bartlett et Vitt



Flora Category

Non Vascular - Native

Structural Class



None (first described in 1986)


Endemic. South Island, Westland where it is mainly found from Westport south to the Paparoa National Park


Autoicous moss up to 200 mm long, olive-green to black, with yellow-green to dark-green stem tips, forming dense, soft, flexuose tufts. Stems with outer cells thick-walled. leaves flexuose-secund when dry, similar when moist, 9.0-15.0 mm long, from an oblong-lanceolate base quickly narrowed to a flexuose, filiform subula, acute, lamina c.3 mm long, about 1/4 to 1/6 the subula length; margins entire. Nerve 60-120 x 6-10 microns, linear to elongate, walls 2-3 microns thick, thin-walled, those near nerve orange, more or less thick-walled, somewhat porose and straight. Alar cells 30-70 x 10-20 microns, somewhat larger than basal cells, gradually differentiated and forming a decurrent, thin-walled group, rectangular, some leaves with hyaline and more or less inflated cells. perichaetial leaves from a wide, ovate base quickly contracted to a long subula c.6-8x lamina length, concave, sheathing. Seta 4.0-7.0 mm long, rigid stout, straight (not twisted), erect. Capsules with urns 0.7-1.2 x 0.7-1.0 mm, exserted. Exothecial cells near mid urn 20-40 x 20-30 microns, irregularly rectangular to quadrate-rounded, moderately thick-walled, pachydermous, becoming smaller distally, rim cells elliptic to rounded, thinner-walled. Stomates not seen. Peristome reduced to a few, hyaline, rectangular cells. Operculum conic, stoutly rostrate, beak long, more or less bent. Spores 28-44 microns.


Fruits may be found throughout the year


Not Threatened. Listed because it is a naturally uncommon, range restricted species. However, some populations on the Stockton Plateau are at risk from coal mining

Endemic Taxon


Endemic Genus


Endemic Family



Fact Sheet Prepared for NZPCN by: P.J. de Lange 30 September 2007. Description adapted from Bartlett & Vitt (1986).

References and further reading

Bartlett,J.K.; Vitt, D. H. 1986: A survey of the species in the genus Blindia (Bryopsida, Seligeriaceae). New Zealand Journal of Botany 24: 203-246.

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