Luzula picta var. limosa
Vascular – Native
Rushes & Allied Plants
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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 | Not Threatened | Qualifiers: DP
Previous conservation statuses
2012 | Not Threatened
2009 | Not Threatened
2004 | Not Threatened
North and South Island – Central North Island southwards
Mountain bogs, flushes and seeps up to 1200m a.s.l.
Wetland plant indicator status rating
Information derived from the revised national wetland plant list prepared to assist councils in delineating and monitoring wetlands (Clarkson et al., 2021 Manaaki Whenua – Landcare Research Contract Report LC3975 for Hawke’s Bay Regional Council). The national plant list categorises plants by the extent to which they are found in wetlands and not ‘drylands’. The indicator status ratings are OBL (obligate wetland), FACW (facultative wetland), FAC (facultative), FACU (facultative upland), and UPL (obligate upland).
Commonly occurs as either a hydrophyte or non-hydrophyte (non-wetlands).
Grass-like tufted plant. Plants invariably stoloniferous. Leaves reddish green. Flowering stems (4-) 15-35 (-80) cm. long. Inflorescence of several 3–25 flowered clusters, peduncles 1–6 cm. long; subtending bracts usually much less than inflorescence. Tepals ovate-lanceolate, acute, bright chestnut brown with broad, white, membranous margins. Capsule more or less equal to tepals, dark red-brown, often almost black towards the tip.
Luzula picta var. limosa differs from Luzula picta var. picta and Luzula picta var. pallida by usually having acute tepals, and dark red-brown mature capsules which are more or less equal in length to tepals.
November - January
December - February
luzula: Latinized form of the Italian vernacular name (lucciola) for this plant
picta: Painted or variagated
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Description adapted by M. Ward from Moore & Edgar (1970).
References and further reading
Moore, L.B.; Edgar, E. 1970: Flora of New Zealand. Volume II. Indigenous Tracheophyta: Monocotyledones except Gramineae. Wellington, N. Z. pg. 76-77