Wood small-reed; bushgrass
Vascular – Exotic
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.
Robust, tall plant (50-200 cm) grass arising from stout rhizomes; stem (culm) bases with adventitious roots; leaves to 10 mm wide, flat with strong ribs, rough, glabrous. Inflorescences (panicles) dense, yellowish-brown when seed is ripe, 15-30 cm long. One flower per spikelet; seeds with long straight hairs from base of lemmas. Appears to be late flowering in NZ - seed heads not seen until March-April.
Collected on Raoul Island (1944) but not seen there in recent years; one mainland NZ site (first collected 1992, still present 2017), near Palmerston North.
near Palmerston North among ungrazed rank grasses on road edge.
calamagrostis: After Kalamos, a Greek mythical figure who was turned into a reed, and agrostis, a Greek word for ‘grass’ from agrotes ‘of the field’.
epigejos: From the Greek prefix epi- ‘upon’ and ge ‘earth’. Refers to a terrestial habitat in contrast to related species growing in swamps.