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