fescue tussock, hard tussock
Festuca ovina subsp. matthewsii Hack.; Festuca ovina var. novae-zelandiae (Hack.) Cheeseman; Festuca ovina subsp. novae-zelandiae var. eu-novae-zelandiae Howarth; Festuca ovina subsp. novae-zelandiae var. novae-zelandiae subvar. novae-zelandiae; Festuca ovina subsp. novae-zelandiae var. novae-zelandiae subvar. pruinosa Howarth
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.
2n = 42
Current conservation status
The conservation 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). 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.
2012 | Not Threatened
Previous conservation statuses
2009 | Not Threatened
2004 | Not Threatened
Florets are dispersed by wind, water and attachment (Thorsen et al., 2009).
festuca: From the Latin festuca ‘stem’ or ‘blade of grass’
novae-zelandiae: Of New Zealand
Where To Buy
Commonly sold by retail plant nurseries, often erroneously as Carex novae-zelandiae.
References and further reading
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: 285-309