Scientific Name:
Austroderia fulvida (Buchanan) N.P.Barker & H.P.Linder in Linder et al., Ann. Missouri Bot. Gard. 97: 344 (2010)
  • Arundo fulvida Buchanan, Trans. & Proc. New Zealand Inst. 6: 242 (1874)
  • Arundo conspicua var. fulvida (Buchanan) Kirk, Transactions of the New Zealand Institute 10: app. xliii (1879)
  • Cortaderia fulvida (Buchanan) Zotov, New Zealand J. Bot. 1: 84 (1963)

Very tall, stout tussock with sharp, flexible leaves, and inflorescences with pendent branches. Leaf-sheath green under white epicuticular wax, glabrous. Ligule to 1 mm. Collar light brown, glabrous. Leaf-blade to 2.5 m × 2 cm, soft, flexible, tapering to thin point; abaxially glabrous below becoming very scabrid from rows of abundant prickle-teeth, adaxially glabrous except for caducous long hairs near margins; margins long hairy below becoming lightly prickle-toothed. Culm to 3.5 m, internodes glabrous. Inflorescence to 1 m, branches pendent; rachis scabrid, branches and pedicels short stiff hairy, long hairs at axils and below spikelet. Spikelets to 20 mm, of 2–3 florets. Glumes ± equal, to 15 mm, ≤ florets, 1-nerved. Lemma to 1 mm, 3-nerved, scabrid above; lateral lobes to 2 mm; hairs to 7 mm radiating from below and < lemma; central awn to 13 mm. Palea to 4.5 mm, attenuated, apex hair-tipped, keels ciliate, interkeel and flanks scabrid above. Callus hairs to 1.5 mm. Rachilla to 0.5 mm, glabrous. Lodicules to 0.75 mm. Anthers of ☿ flowers to 3.7 mm, yellow; of ♀ flowers to 2.2 mm, white. Gynoecium: of ☿ flowers ovary to 0.6 mm, stigma-styles to 1.75 mm, of ♀ flowers ovary to 0.75 mm, stigma-styles to 2.5 mm. Caryopsis 1.5–2 mm; embryo to 0.75 mm; hilum to 1 mm. 2n= 90. Fig. 17. Plate 8A.

[From: Edgar and Connor (2000) Flora of New Zealand. Volume 5 as Cortaderia fulvida (Buchanan) Zotov]

Indigenous (Endemic)
Buchanan, J. 1874: On some new species of New Zealand plants. Transactions and Proceedings of the New Zealand Institute 6: 241–244.
de Lange, P.J.; Rolfe, J.R.; Barkla J.W.; Courtney, S.P.; Champion, P.D.; Perrie, L.R.; Beadel, S.N.; Ford, K.A.; Breitwieser, I.; Schönberger, I.; Hindmarsh-Walls, R.; Heenan, P.B.; Ladley, K. 2018: Conservation status of New Zealand indigenous vascular plants, 2017. New Zealand Threat Classification Series. No. 22. [Not Threatened]
de Lange, P.J.; Rolfe, J.R.; Champion, P.D.; Courtney, S.P.; Heenan, P.B.; Barkla, J.W.; Cameron, E.K.; Norton, D.A.; Hitchmough, R.A. 2013: Conservation status of New Zealand indigenous vascular plants, 2012. New Zealand Threat Classification Series 3. Department of Conservation, Wellington. [Not Threatened]
Edgar, E.; Connor, H.E. 2010: Flora of New Zealand Volume V Grasses. Edition 2. Manaaki Whenua Press.
Linder, H.P.; Baeza, M.; Barker, N.P.; Galley, C.; Humphreys, A.M.; Lloyd, K.M.; Orlovich, D.A.; Pirie, M.D.; Simon, B.K.; Walsh, N.; Verboom, G.A. 2010: A generic classification of the Danthonioideae (Poaceae). Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden 97: 306–364.
Transactions of the New Zealand Institute
Zotov, V.D. 1963: Synopsis of the grass subfamily Arundinoideae in New Zealand. New Zealand Journal of Botany 1: 78–136.