Astelia R.Br.

Greek a – without, stele – a trunk or pillar, referring to some species lacking erect stems.

Perennial, stout, sometimes tree-like or epiphytic shrub-like herbs. Leaves perennial in a rosette, sheathing, linear, silvery. Flowers, uni- or rarely bisexual, star-shaped and stalked but without articulation.Tepals 3+3, equal, free. Stamens 3+3, equal, free. Fruit a berry. Seeds ovoid black.

Generally grown as cool garden ornamentals in shade on moist or peaty soils.

About 25 species from Australia, New Zealand, S America and the Pacific.

Rosette leaves from thick rhizomes; panicles of densely packed unisexual flowers.

Source: Conran, J. (2005). Asteliaceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 5. Flowering plants. Monocotyledons. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

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kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Lilianae
order      Liliales
family       Asteliaceae
Higher taxa
Subordinate taxa
species         Astelia chathamica (Skottsb.) L.B.