Scientific Name:
Carex drucei (Hamlin) K.A.Ford in Global Carex Group, Bot. J. Linn. Soc. 179: 30 (2015)
  • Uncinia drucei Hamlin, 19: 58 (1959)
  • = Uncinia drucei var. pauciflora Hamlin, 19: 59 (1959)

Stoloniferous, stolons c. 0.5 mm. diam. Culms 5–20 cm. × (0.3)–0.5–1 mm., glab.; basal bracts light brown or straw-coloured. Lvs 5–6–(8) per culm, < culms, 1–1.5 mm. wide, bright green, soft, the abaxial surface with 3–5 very pale green, raised veins, margins scabrid and tapering towards the narrow, triangular tip. Spikes 0.5–2 cm. × 3–4 mm., up to 1 cm. diam. at maturity, oblong, female fls 7–18, densely crowded, internodes 0.5–1.5 mm. long. Glumes = or > utricles, deciduous, subacute, membr., pale brown with broad green midrib. Utricles 4–5 × c. 1 mm., trigonous, elliptic-lanceolate, dark brown, shining, smooth except for a prominent lateral nerve, widely spreading when ripe, slightly contracted below to a stipe c. 1 mm. long and above to a beak c. 1.5 mm. long.

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

Indigenous (Endemic)

Flowering: Sep.–Oct.; Fruiting: Oct.–Feb.

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 drucei 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.