Landcare Research - Manaaki Whenua

Landcare-Research -Manaaki Whenua

NZ Grass Key – key to the grasses of New Zealand

<em>Chionochloa teretifolia</em>, Hunter Mountains, Fiordland. Image – Kerry Ford

The key includes 442 species and 4 hybrid taxa of indigenous and naturalised grasses of New Zealand.

Kerry Ford, David Glenny and Trevor James

This Lucid 3 key is illustrated with more than 3094 images and is connected by hyperlinks at the species level to the digitised version of the Grass Flora and Ngā Tipu o Aotearoa - New Zealand Plants (a database derived from the New Zealand Plant Names database and the Allan Herbarium Specimen database).

Landcare Research acknowledges the financial assistance of the Terrestrial and Freshwater Biodiversity Information System (TFBIS) Programme towards the preparation of this identification key.  The TFBIS Programme is funded by the Government to help to achieve the goals of the New Zealand Biodiversity Strategy, and is administered by the Department of Conservation.


System Requirements

This key will run on most browsers, including Chrome, Firefox, IE and Microsoft Edge.

Although this key is not optimised for portable devices, it displays OK on tablets.

Dedicated smartphone apps are available for two of the keys on these webpages (Coprosma and Native orchids).


Ford KA, Glenny D, James T 2007. NZ Grass Key – key to the grasses of New Zealand.
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Date of access: 22 May 2024