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Astelia graminea

Kingdom: Plantae
(Unranked): Angiosperms
(Unranked): Monocots
Class: Magnoliopsida
Order: Asparagales
Family: Asteliaceae
Genus: Astelia
Species: A. graminea
Binomial name: Astelia graminea

Astelia graminea has fine arching grass-like foliage, and forms clumps 30–40 cm across. Astelia graminea is endemic to the alpine grasslands of Marlborough and Nelson. It is the smallest of the herbfield Astelia species and is especially common among the carpet grass (Chionochloa australis). 
The narrow, leathery, brownish leaves are 15–50 cm long. 
Flowering occurs in January. The male flowers are maroon, the female one are greenish. In March.–April bright orange fruits develop.

These photos in Otari-Wilton's Bush Wellington New Zealand.