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Acaena saccaticupula

Kingdom: Plantae
(Unranked): Angiosperms
(Unranked): Eudicots
(Unranked): Rosids
Order: Rosales
Family: Rosaceae
Subfamily: Rosoideae
Tribe: Sanguisorbeae
Subtribe: Sanguisorbinae
Genus: Acaena
Species: Acaena saccaticupula
Binominal name: A. saccaticupula
Synonym:  Acaena hirsutula var. glabricupula

Acaena saccaticupula is a stoloniferous (forms runners) herb with dull green or reddish- green leaves. It has during Dec–Jan stout reddish flower stalks that are 5-11 cm long at flowering. Fruiting occurs Jan.–Mar.
It is founding the South Island at altitudes 900-1900m. East of the Southern Alps from southern Marlborough to central and western Otago.

Photographed February at Arthur’s Pass.


The >11cm long funiculus (stalk).