Astelia chathamica (Skottsb.) L.B.

Moore Astelia

Rosette robust clump-forming perennial herb with thickened roots from a thick stem-like rhizome. Inflorescence to 1.5 m, flowers in a many-branched panicle, bracts exceeding the branches. Leaves linear to 2 m long, sheathing, silvery with a fine downy covering. Flowers very numerous, spreading, to 1.5 cm wide; summer. Tepals pale cream. Fruit ovoid-globose, orange.

Chatham Islands.

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
genus        Astelia R.Br.