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Aciphylla glaucescens (Feathery Spaniard)

Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Apiales
Family: Apiaceae
Genus: Aciphylla
Species: A. glaucescens
Binomial name: Aciphylla glaucescens
Common names: Feathery blue Spaniard, Feathery Spaniard

Aciphylla glaucescens one of the larger species of genus Aciphylla. It is native to New Zealand and grows from coastal to low alpine areas, up to 1400 m.a.s.l. It is found from Hikurangi on the east coast of the North Island, to near Foveaux Strait at the bottom of the South Island. It grows mostly along streamsides and on wet or shady banks.
It has a rosette of rigid, tripinnate, glaucous, narrow blue/green leaves up to a metre long, with long narrow leaflets with spiky tips.
It produces 1.8 m golden flower spikes in summer. Winged schizocarps are dispersed primarily by wind.

This small plant was photographed at Southern Woods Plant Nursery, Christchurch.