Scientific Name:
Carex silvestris (Hamlin) K.A.Ford in Global Carex Group, Bot. J. Linn. Soc. 179: 36 (2015)
  • Uncinia silvestris Hamlin, 19: 26-27 (1959)

Densely caespitose. Culms 20–30–(40) cm. × c. 0.5 mm., glab.; basal bracts light cinnamon-brown or yellow-brown, not shining. Lvs 4–5 per culm, ± = or slightly > culms, 0.5–2 mm. wide, bright green, tapering to a long filiform tip, scabrid on margins and on upper surface towards lf-tip. Spikes (3.5)–4–8–(10) cm. × 2–3 mm., often bracteate with the lf-like bract much > spike, female fls c. 10–20, internodes 3–5 mm. long towards base of spike, 1–2 mm. long above. Glumes much < utricles, persistent, ovate, acute or subacute, membr., very faintly nerved, midrib pale green. Utricles (3.5)–4–4.5–(5) mm. long, slightly < 1 mm. diam., plano-convex, concavo-convex or subtrigonous, oblong or ovoid-lanceolate, light green, rarely greenish brown, membr., few-nerved or smooth, stipe c. 1 mm. long, narrowed above to a distinct beak 1–1.5 mm. long.

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