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Neoastelia spectabilis J.B.Williams
Family Asteliaceae
Neoastelia spectabilis J.B.Williams APNI*

Description: Tufted herb.

Leaves ± linear with ends ± drooping, 60–165 cm long, 2.5–6 cm wide, upper surface green and ± glabrous, lower surface silver-white.

Panicles exserted, open, 25–70 cm long; peduncle 18–40 cm long, mostly with a long leaf near the apex; spathes 10–13, the lowest ones leafy, subtending branched sub-panicles, upper spathes smaller, membranous and subtending many-flowered racemes; pedicels 4–17 mm long. Perianth membranous, 8–11 mm long, glabrous except for basal tube, white, tepals reflexed.

Berry obovoid to globose, 10–15 mm long, pale green; seeds 70–150, c. 1.2 mm long, black.


Photo © ANBG

Flowering: November–December

Distribution and occurrence: Grows in rock crevices near waterfalls and in seepage lines on rocky slopes in Nothofagus forest at 900–1150 m alt.; confined to New England N.P.
NSW subdivisions: NT

Threatened species: NSW TSCA: Vulnerable ROTAP: 2VCit
AVH map***

Text by G. J. Harden
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 4 (1993)


APNI* Provides a link to the Australian Plant Name Index (hosted by the Australian National Botanic Gardens) for comprehensive bibliographic data
***The AVH map option provides a detailed interactive Australia wide distribution map drawn from collections held by all major Australian herbaria participating in the Australian Virtual Herbarium project.
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