Classification
 Nomenclature
Scientific Name:
Carex purpurata (Petrie) K.A.Ford in Global Carex Group, Bot. J. Linn. Soc. 179: 36 (2015)
Synonymy:
  • Uncinia purpurata Petrie, Trans. & Proc. New Zealand Inst. 17: 272 (1885)
 Description

Caespitose, slender. Culms 4–25–(40) cm. × c. 0.5 mm., slightly scabrid below infl.; basal bracts dull brown or yellow-brown. Lvs 3–5 per culm, much < mature culms, 1–2 mm. wide, erect or slightly curved, faintly scabrid on the margins and adaxial surface towards the tip. Spikes 2.5–4 cm. ×3–4 mm., ebracteate, female fls c. 10–20, close-set, becoming more lax at maturity with internodes up to 5 mm. long at base of spike, 1.5 mm. long above. Glumes for the most part ½–¾ length of utricles, persistent, broadly ovate, obtuse or lowermost subacute, coriac., bright chestnut-brown with green or light brown midrib and broad, whitish, hyaline margins. Utricles 4.5–5.5 × 1–2 mm., plano-convex, oblong or obovate, dark brown with ∞ faint veins, beak 1–1.5 mm. long, stipe c. 1 mm. long.

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

 Biostatus
Indigenous (Endemic)
 Bibliography
de Lange, P.J.; Norton, D.A.; Courtney, S.P.; Heenan, P.B.; Barkla, J.W.; Cameron, E.K.; Hitchmough, R.; Townsend, A.J. 2009: Threatened and uncommon plants of New Zealand (2008 revision). New Zealand Journal of Botany 47: 61–96. [as Uncinia purpurata Petrie] [Naturally uncommon]
de Lange, P.J.; Norton, D.A.; Heenan, P.B.; Courtney, S.P.; Molloy, B.P.J.; Ogle, C.C.; Rance, B.D. 2004: Threatened and uncommon plants of New Zealand. New Zealand Journal of Botany 42(1): 45–76. [as Uncinia purpurata Petrie]
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. [Naturally Uncommon]
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 purpurata Petrie] [Naturally Uncommon]
Global Carex Group 2015: Making Carex monophyletic (Cyperaceae, tribe Cariceae): a new broader circumscription. Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society 179: 1–42.
Petrie, D. 1885: Description of a new species of Carmichælia, with notes on the distribution of the species native to Otago. Transactions and Proceedings of the New Zealand Institute 17: 272–274.