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Uncinia clavata (Kük.) Hamlin; Uncinia australis Pers. var. clavata Kük.; Uncinia uncinata (Linn.f.) Kük. var, clavata (Kük.) Kük.
Vascular – Native
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2n = 88
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 | Not Threatened
Previous conservation statuses
2012 | Not Threatened
2009 | Not Threatened
2004 | Not Threatened
Endemic. New Zealand: North and South Islands, from about the Hunua Ranges south
A species of montane forest, scrub and on river flats
Robust, dark green to yellow-green plants. Leaves 5–9 per culm, usually > culms, 4-6(-8) mm wide, strongly scabrid on the margins and on the adaxial surface towards tip. Spikes 50-140 mm long, usually bracteate, clavate, 7-10(-15) mm diameter at the top below the male spike, female flowers numerous, usually c. 65-100, very closely crowded throughout almost the whole spike, internodes 0.5-4.0mm long but up to 8 mm long at base of spike. Glumes =, > or rarely < utricles, deciduous, narrow-lanceolate, acute or acuminate, coriaceous or subcoriaceous, yellowish brown to dark brown, midrib green. Utricles 5.0-7.0 × 1.5-2.0 mm, plano-convex to subtrigonous, ovate, yellow-brown to dark brown when ripe, one to two lateral nerves prominent and lighter coloured, stipe 1.5-2.0 mm long, beak 1.5-2.0 mm long; spreading widely when ripe.
Most closely allied to Carex megalepis K.A.Fordand C. uncinata L.f. Of both species it is most closely allied to Carex megalepis from which it differs by the yellow or dark brown rather than golden yellow or rust-coloured glumes which are equal to or only slightly greater in length (rather than twice as long) than the utricles, and by the widely rather than scarcely spreading utricles. Carex uncinata differs by the usually narrower spikes, early deciduous rather than longer lasting deciduous glumes, which are usually much shorter than the utricles
October - December
November - April
Easily grown from fresh seed and by the division of established plants (though these may then take a while to settle). Prefers a shaded site, and should be planted within a deep, rich, free draining but permanently moist soil
carex: Latin name for a species of sedge, now applied to the whole group.
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Description adapted from Moore and Edgar (1970). Fact sheet prepared by Peter J. de Lange 17 August 2006.
References and further reading
Moore, L.B.; Edgar, E. 1970: Flora of New Zealand. Vol. II. Government Printer, Wellington.
NZPCN Fact Sheet citation
Please cite as: de Lange, P.J. (Year at time of access): Carex corynoidea Fact Sheet (content continuously updated). New Zealand Plant Conservation Network. https://www.nzpcn.org.nz/flora/species/carex-corynoidea/ (Date website was queried)