Nomenclature
Scientific Name:
Aciphylla intermedia Petrie, Trans. & Proc. New Zealand Inst. 44: 180 (1911 [1912])
 Description

Tufted, up to 6 dm. tall; taproot stout; lvs 2–3-pinnate up to 25–(50) cm. long, margins thickened, apex with spinulose process ± 2 mm. long. Sheaths membr., 7–10 × 1–2 cm., gradually tapering to 1–2-pinnate stipules up to c. 4 cm. long with linear pungent segs; petioles c. 3 cm. long, lowest internodes c. 2 cm. long. Primary pinnae 4–5–(8) pairs, ± 8–12 cm. × 4–5 mm.; secondary pinnae 4–6–(8) pairs, 1–3 cm. long, irregularly cut to middle into acicular segs, or again pinnately divided. Stems of male and female plants similar, up to 6 dm. × 2.5 cm., deeply grooved; infl. broad-oblong, up to 30 cm. long, densely fld. Bracts ∞, lower verticillate; sheaths ± 3 cm. long; stipules spinulose, up to 15 mm. long; lamina (1)–2–3-pinnate, lower ± 6 cm. long. Umbels up to ± 5 cm. diam., compact, sts polygamous, ± exceeded by sheaths; involucral bracts linear-lanceolate. Fr. c. 8 mm. long; mericarps with 5–(4) narrow wings.

[From:  Allan (1961) Flora of New Zealand. Volume 1.]

 Biostatus
Indigenous (Endemic)
 Bibliography
Petrie, D. 1912 ("1911"): Descriptions of New Native Species of Phanerogams. Transactions and Proceedings of the New Zealand Institute 44: 179–187.