Vascular – Native
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.
Current conservation status
The threat classification status of all known New Zealand vascular plant taxa at the rank of species and below were reassessed in 2017 using the New Zealand Threat Classification System (NZTCS) – more information about this can be found on the NZTCS website This report includes a statistical summary and brief notes on changes since 2012 and replaces all previous NZTCS lists for vascular plants. Authors: By Peter J. de Lange, Jeremy R. Rolfe, John W. Barkla, Shannel P. Courtney, Paul D. Champion, Leon R. Perrie, Sarah M. Beadel, Kerry A. Ford, Ilse Breitwieser, Ines Schönberger, Rowan Hindmarsh-Walls, Peter B. Heenan and Kate Ladley. Please note, threat classifications are often suggested by authors when publications fall between NZTCS assessment periods – a suggested threat classification status has not been assessed by the NZTCS panel.
2017 | At Risk – Naturally Uncommon | Qualifiers: DP, Sp
Previous conservation statuses
2012 | At Risk – Naturally Uncommon | Qualifiers: DP, Sp
2009 | At Risk – Naturally Uncommon
2004 | Sparse
Endemic. North Island (Raukumara, Ruahine and Tararua Ranges). South Island, North-West Nelson (Lake Aorere and Mt Domett only)
A subalpine to alpine species frequenting damp seepages and water courses within tussock grassland and on rocky ground, shaded cliff faces or screes, occasionally on river flats.
Tufted or stoloniferous plants 50–250 mm, culms overtopping leaves. Leaf-sheath hyaline, light green to light brown, prominently ribbed, smooth, rarely with prickle teeth. Ligule 1–4.5 mm, truncate to obtuse, denticulate or entire, glabrous. Leaf-blade 20–70 × 1.5–2 mm, flat or folded, undersides smooth, upper prominently ribbed, margins usually smooth, sometimes sparsely to densely, scabrid, apex tapered, blunt, scabrid. Culm erect, internodes glabrous. Panicle (15–)20–60 mm, open, lax, oblong to pyramidal, with spreading or flexuous branches; rachis smooth, branches and pedicels smooth or scabrid. Spikelets 2–2.5(–3) mm, purplish. Glumes unequal, acute to acuminate, keel scabrid near apex, margins smooth, sometimes scabrid near apex; lower, 2–2.5(–3) mm, ovate-lanceolate, upper 1.7–2.5(–3) mm, elliptic-lanceolate. Lemma 1.5–2 mm, glabrous, faintly 5-nerved, ovate, obtuse; awn (1.5–)2–3 mm, geniculate, slightly projecting beyond glumes. Callus with minute hairs. Anthers 0.4–0.9 mm.
Manaaki Whenua Online Interactive Key
A. oresbia could be confused with A. magellanica Lam. but it is a smaller plant in all respects. It is perhaps closest to A. muelleriana Vickery from which it differs by its larger, more open, and laxer panicle, and by the glumes which are less scabrid and papillose. A. oresbia has a somewhat similar appearance to A. personata Edgar, from which it can be distinguished by its intravaginal innovations; awned lemmas; and by the abaxially smooth ligules. Palea 0.5 mm, ovate.
Florets are dispersed by wind and water (Thorsen et al., 2009).
Unknown but should be easy from fresh seed and rooted pieces
Not threatened but rather a naturally uncommon species of spradic occurrence which is why it has been listed
agrostis: Greek name for a kind of grass
Fact sheet prepared for NZPCN by P.J. de Lange June 2005. Description modified from Edgar and Connor (2000).
References and further reading
Edgar, E.; Connor, H.E. 2000: Flora of New Zealand. Vol. V. Grasses. Christchurch, Manaaki Whenua Press. 650 p.
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(4): 285–309.