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Useful Temperate Plants

Apodasmia similis

(Edgar) B.G.Briggs & L.A.S.Johnson

Restoniaceae

+ Synonyms

Leptocarpus similis Edgar

Leptocarpus simplex fasciculatus Hook.f.

Common Name:

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General Information

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.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

44
Title
Flora of New Zealand.
Publication
 
Author
Allan. H. H.
Website
http://floraseries.landcareresearch.co.nz/pages/Book.aspx?fileName=Flora%201.xml
Publisher
Government Printer, Wellington.
Year
1961
ISBN
-
Description
The standard work, in 5 volumes though only the first two are of interest to the plant project. Very good on habitats. There is also an on-line version.

Range

New Zealand - North, South, Chatham and Stewart Islands.

Habitat

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[
44
Title
Flora of New Zealand.
Publication
 
Author
Allan. H. H.
Website
http://floraseries.landcareresearch.co.nz/pages/Book.aspx?fileName=Flora%201.xml
Publisher
Government Printer, Wellington.
Year
1961
ISBN
-
Description
The standard work, in 5 volumes though only the first two are of interest to the plant project. Very good on habitats. There is also an on-line version.
].

Properties

Other Uses Rating *  *
HabitEvergreen Perennial
Height1.00 m
Cultivation StatusOrnamental, Wild

Cultivation Details


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.

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

Used for the outer thatching of houses[
153
Title
Economic Native Plants of New Zealand.
Publication
 
Author
Brooker. S. G., Cambie. R. C. and Cooper. R. C.
Publisher
Oxford University Press
Year
1991
ISBN
0-19-558229-2
Description
An interesting and readable book on the useful plants of New Zealand.
]. Very durable[
292
Title
People Plants Database
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://peopleplants.landcareresearch.co.nz/WebForms/default.aspx
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An online database of New Zealand plants and their Maori names and uses. An excellent information source.
]., this is by far the best species in New Zealand for this purpose[
153
Title
Economic Native Plants of New Zealand.
Publication
 
Author
Brooker. S. G., Cambie. R. C. and Cooper. R. C.
Publisher
Oxford University Press
Year
1991
ISBN
0-19-558229-2
Description
An interesting and readable book on the useful plants of New Zealand.
,
292
Title
People Plants Database
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://peopleplants.landcareresearch.co.nz/WebForms/default.aspx
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An online database of New Zealand plants and their Maori names and uses. An excellent information source.
].

Propagation

Seed -best sown as soon as it is ripe, when it germinates freely and easily.
Division of rhizomes root easily.
Cite as: Temperate Plants Database, Ken Fern. temperate.theferns.info. 2019-12-08. <temperate.theferns.info/plant/Apodasmia+similis>

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