Trisetum antarcticum subsp. tenellum Petrie, T. antarcticum var. tenellum (Petrie) Cheeseman
Vascular – Native
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2n = 28, 56
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.
2018 | Not Threatened
Previous conservation statuses
2012 | Not Threatened
2009 | Not Threatened
2004 | Not Threatened
Endemic. South Island only. In North West Nelson and Marlborough, then from Arthurs Pass and Banks Peninsula south and west to Fiordland.
Usually in stony ground, on moraines, scree river beds, slip scars, on marble, limestone and ultramafic rocks, often in tussock grassland, fellfield and herbfield. Sometimes in seepages and swampy ground.
Easy from fresh material and division of whole plants. Does best in a shady site in free draining, lime-enriched soil or within a pot.
tenellum: Small, delicate, tender
Where To Buy
Not commercially available
Notes on taxonomy
A rather variable species, with two cytotypes. Further study into the morphological variablity and distribution of these cytotypes is needed