Leptocarpus similis Edgar
Leptocarpus simplex fasciculatus Hook.f.
Apodasmia similis is an erect, evergreen perennial, grass-like plant growing from a rhizomatous rootstock. It produces a dense, slowly-spreading cluster of culms around 100cm tall.
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a source of mateials. It is often grown as an ornamental in New Zealand.
New Zealand - North, South, Chatham and Stewart Islands.
A plant of coastal areas, growing amongst dunes and in salt marshes, occasionally it is also found inland on marshy lake shores on North and South Islands[
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|Cultivation Status||Ornamental, Wild
Requires a position in full sun. Although naturally a plant of wet soils, it does well in a range of soils and moisture regimes. Succeeds in salty soils. Tolerant of maritime winds.
The plant is grown as an ornamental - it is a very popular tub and traffic island plant in some cities of New Zealand.
A dioecious species, both male and female forms need to be grown if fruit and seed are required.
Used for the outer thatching of houses[
]. Very durable[
]., this is by far the best species in New Zealand for this purpose[
Seed -best sown as soon as it is ripe, when it germinates freely and easily.
Division of rhizomes root easily.