Scientific Name:
Carex crispa K.A.Ford in Global Carex Group, Bot. J. Linn. Soc. 179: 30 (2015)
  • Uncinia involuta Hamlin, 19: 49-50 (1959)
The name refers to the curled leaf tips in this species.

Caespitose. Culms 10–18–(30) cm. × c. 0.5 mm., subtrigonous or terete, glab.; basal bracts dull brown. Lvs 4–7 per culm, < culms, c. 1 mm. wide, ± stiff, involute, or flatter and up to 1.5 mm. wide, bright green, us. curled at the tips, faintly scabrid on margins and adaxial surface towards lf-tip. Spikes 3–5–(5.5) cm. × 2–5 mm., occ. bracteate, female fls (6)–10–20, rather close-set, internodes 1–3 mm. long. Glumes much > utricles at base of spike, = utricles above, deciduous, ovate, acute or acuminate, membr., light brown with a green to brown midrib. Utricles 4–5 × 1–1.5 mm., trigonous, ovate, widely spreading when ripe, green to light brown, shining, the lateral nerve always prominent, otherwise smooth or faintly nerved, contracted below to a conspicuous stipe slightly > 1 mm. long, slightly tapered above to a beak c. 1 mm. long.

[From: Moore and Edgar (1970) Flora of New Zealand. Volume 2. as Uncinia involuta Hamlin]

Indigenous (Endemic)
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. [as Uncinia involuta Hamlin] [Not Threatened]
Global Carex Group 2015: Making Carex monophyletic (Cyperaceae, tribe Cariceae): a new broader circumscription. Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society 179: 1–42.
Hamlin, B.G. 1959: A Revision of the Genus Uncinia (Cyperaceae Caricoideae) in New Zealand. Dominion Museum Bulletin 19: 1–106.