Vascular – Native
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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 | At Risk – Naturally Uncommon | Qualifiers: RR, Sp
Previous conservation statuses
2009 | At Risk – Naturally Uncommon
2004 | Data Deficient
Endemic. Known only from Fiordland National Park, where it has been collected from Lyall Bay, (Thompson Sound), All Round Point (Secretary Island), and Lake Mike at altitudes of 670-1100 m.
Very little is known about this grass, which is only known from three locations. Herbarium specimens indicate that it grows on rocks and wet shady bluffs.
Small, 3-13 cm tufted, dense but fine leaved grass with needle-like leaf tips, arising from slender rhizomes. Leaf-sheath to 8 mm, keeled, hairless, wider than blade. Ligule 0.5 mm, tapered, finely hairy. Leaf-blade 1-2.6 cm × 0.5 mm diameter, tightly inrolled, light green with cream cross-veinlets, hairless, pinched into curved, pale, needle-like tip. Margins with numerous minute prickle-teeth. Culms slender, minutely hairy below inflorescence. Inflorescence 1 cm long made up of 3-6 spikelets, pedicels with dense, minute prickle-teeth. Spikelets 5-7.5 mm. Glumes 2-3.5 mm, half length of spikelet, lanceolate, subacute, keeled above, hairless, lower 1-nerved, upper 3-nerved. Anthers 1.1-1.5 mm. Stigmas plumose. Seeds as yet unknown.
Zotovia accicularis is only likely to be confused with Z. colensoi from which it differs by its more compacted, low 2-4(-8) cm, mat-forming habit, and needle-like leaf tips.
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Like the two other species of Zotovia, Z. accicularis is probably easy from rooted pieces and the division of whole plants. Fresh seed should germinate easily.
acicularis: Needle-like, needle-shaped, stiff or pointed
Where To Buy
Not commercially available
Fact sheet prepared by P.J. de Lange for NZPCN (1 June 2013)
Please cite as: de Lange, P.J. (Year at time of access): Zotovia acicularis Fact Sheet (content continuously updated). New Zealand Plant Conservation Network. https://www.nzpcn.org.nz/flora/species/zotovia-acicularis/ (Date website was queried)