Uncinia uncinata

Uncinia uncinata photographed at Sissinghurst, Kent, UK

Uncinia uncinata is a hooked sedge, which forms dense mounds of orange-red, or green, arching leaves about 20 in (50 cm) high. The leaves are 8–16 in (20–40 cm) long and 0.16–0.3 in (4–7 mm) wide. The flower stems can reach about 24 in (60 cm), the flowers form a simple spike, with male flowers on top and female flowers below.

Uncinia uncinata grows mainly in forests (especially coastal forests), but also in scrub. It is found in North, South and Stewart Island, and the Chatham Islands, New Zealand. In the UK plant in full sun in well-drained soil.

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