Carex cheesemanii, n. sp.
A very slender, densely tufted, pale, rather harsh species.
Culms 16 inches, or less, rounded, very slender, drooping, elongating greatly during ripening.
Leaves very numerous, shorter than the culms, very narrow, flattened or plano-convex, scabrid, broad at the bases which sheath the lower parts of the culm.
Spikelets usually 6–8, lower distant on slender peduncles, upper approximate and nearly sessile; all short and pale-brown; uppermost male, others male at the base only; bracts very long and slender.
Glumes shorter than the utricles, broad, very membranous, pale-brown at sides, white near the three-nerved midrib which is continued beyond the bifid apex into a long usually scabrid awn.
Utricle turgid, plano-convex, pale-brown, beak short, bifid, toothed or plain.
Arms of the style 3.
Hab. Maniototo Plain 1,000–2,000 feet; Nevis Valley 1,500 feet.
Named in honour of T. F. Cheeseman, Esq., Curator of the Auckland Museum, who has done much to settle the New Zealand species of this genus.