Vascular – Native
Rushes & Allied Plants
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 = 12
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 – Declining | Qualifiers: DP, RR
Previous conservation statuses
2012 | At Risk – Declining | Qualifiers: RR
2009 | At Risk – Declining
2004 | Serious Decline
Endemic. South and Stewart Islands. In the South Island found east of the main divide from Marlborough to Southland.
Coastal to montane. Usually in shingly ground, sandy hollows, river terraces, tarn margins, often found growing within Raoulia mats.
An inconspicuous, creeping woodrush, forming grey-green to brownish cushion-like tufts, usually less than 4cm diameter. Sometime half buried in sand, so that only leaf tips and flowers are visible. Leaves 1-3cm long, 0.5-1mm wide, folded inwards towards base, tips pointed; margins clad in long, thickly clustered, soft white hairs. Flowering stems much shorter than leaves, scarcely elongating as fruit matures. Flowers 2mm long, 6-16 in a single cluster, with minimal stalk.
Luzula ulophylla. Luzula celata has hairy leaf margins and flower hidden amongst leaves. Luzula ulophylla has woolly hairs on back of leaves as well as margins, and flowering stems much taller than its leaves.
October to December
December to April (but seedheads long persistent)
Easily grown from fresh seed and division of whole plants.
The main threat throughout this species range is loss of habitat, caused by land development, weed invasion and general habitat degradation, especially erosion. Overstocking of paddocks containing this species has been a problem in some locations.
luzula: Latinized form of the Italian vernacular name (lucciola) for this plant
Where To Buy
Not commercially available.
Fact Sheet by P.J. de Lange (1 September 2003). Description based on Moore & Edgar (1970).
References and further reading
Moore, L.B. and Edgar, E. 1970: Flora of New Zealand. Volume II. Wellington, Government Printer.
NZPCN Fact Sheet citation
Please cite as: de Lange, P.J. (Year at time of access): Luzula celata Fact Sheet (content continuously updated). New Zealand Plant Conservation Network. https://www.nzpcn.org.nz/flora/species/luzula-celata/ (Date website was queried)