Carex strictissima

Key Features

  • A robust sedge with olive green rush-like leaves 1-2 mm wide.
  • Inflorescences upto 70 cm long, each with 1-3 leaves.

Distribution and Habitat

  • Sparsely distributed on the Volcanic Plateau (North Island) and in Nelson, Canterbury, Otago and Southland (South Island)
  • Lowland swamps, lake margins, and in damp areas among of scrub and open areas of lowland forest.


  • Habitat modification and loss.
  • Animal browsing.
  • Competition with exotic plants.

Management Opportunities

  • Survey for new locations.
  • Mark known sites.
  • Protection of habitat.
  • Propagation of plants for re-establishment at appropriate sites.
  • Weed control.
  • Avoid afforestation of known sites.

Monitoring Options

  • Check existing populations annually.
  • Report new locations to DOC, NZPCN.

Further Information and Support

  • New Zealand Plant Conservation Network (NZPCN).
  • Weed and pest animal management - Department of Conservation, Regional Councils.
  • References
    • Dopson, S.R.; de Lange, P.J.; Ogle, C.C.; Rance, B.D.; Courtney, S. & Molloy, J. (1999). The conservation requirements of New Zealand’s nationally threatened vascular plants. Threatened Species Occasional Publication 13. Department of Conservation, Wellington.
    • Peter de Lange, Peter Heenan, David Norton, Jeremy Rolfe and John Sawyer (2010). Threatened Plants of New Zealand. Canterbury University Press, Christchurch. 472 pp.