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Astelia nivicola var. nivicola

Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Monocots
Order: Asparagales
Family: Asteliaceae
Genus: Astelia
Species: A. nivicola var. nivicola
Synonym: Astelia nivicola
Binomial name: Astelia nivicola var. nivicola

Astelia nivicola var. nivicola is a low alpine rhizomatous tufted perennial indigenous to the South Island of New Zealand. It grows >30 cm high in patches in damp areas in snow tussock. Its pale green leaves are keeled and tapered growing >40 cm in length and >3 cm wide. The leaves underside are covered in white felty pilose.
After flowering which is rare, orange fleshy berries develop. They are dispersed by frugivory (fruit eating fauna).

Photographed at Christchurch Botanical Gardens.  Plant collected from Mt Terako.