Astelia psychrocharis F.Muell.

Trans. & Proc. Victorian Inst. Advancem. Sci. 1: 135 (1855)

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: endangered (e)

Tufted herbs to c. 40 cm high, with a short, branching rhizome. Leaves 5–25 cm long, 1.5–3(–4) cm wide, both surfaces with a silvery indumentum and silky hairs basally. Scape bracts short, inconspicuous. Inflorescence a contracted few-flowered racemose panicle, 0.3–1.8 cm long, hidden among leaves; axis stout. Flowers reddish, 15–20 mm diam. Male flowers with perianth segments 5–10 mm long; stamens 1.5–3.5 mm long; ovary rudimentary. Female flowers with segments 5–10 mm long; staminodes rudimentary; ovary c. 5 mm long, 3-locular. Berry obovoid, 9–18 mm long, orange-yellow; seeds 2–12, c. 2 mm long.   Flowers Nov.–Mar.

VAlp. Occurs near streams and bogs in tall herbfields. Known in Victoria only from near Mt Wellington.

Astelia psychrocharis is distinguished from A. alpina by the generally more robust habit with broader, concolourous, grey-green leaves, and contracted male inflorescences that do not exceed the leaf bases.

Created by: Andre Messina, 2014-12-08
Hero image
Distribution map
life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Lilianae
order Liliales
family Asteliaceae
genus Astelia
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Astelia psychrocharis in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Astelia psychrocharis in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Victorian Alps present native

State distribution

Distribution map
New South Wales