from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A spreading seaside cyperaceous plant, Scirpus spiralis, native to New Zealand. It has three-angled culms, from 1 to 3 feet high, and long, concave, keeled leaves, which are used for plaiting into belts.
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The Horowhenua floodplains, northwest of Wellington, still have dunes dominated by native sand-binders spinifex (Spinifex sericeus) and pingao (Desmoschoenus spiralis) as well as many estuaries and ephemeral inland wetlands.
Kown as pikao in the deep south, pingao beat three species on the verge of extinction -
Network committee member John Sawyer says thousands of entries were recieved in the online poll, in which pingao, the golden sand sedge, attracted more votes than 100 other species.