Nomenclature
Scientific Name:
Aciphylla multisecta Cheeseman, Trans. New Zealand Inst. 47: 43 (1915 [1914])
 Description

Stout tufted herb with simple or branched stock, forming clumps up to ± 25 cm. diam., and 4 dm. tall. Lvs 3-pinnatisect, lamina 6–10 cm. long. Sheath up to c. 5 × 2.5 cm., ribbed; margins membr. Stipules 2.5–5 cm. long, tapering from ± 1mm., on very short ligules, pungent. Petioles up to c. 15 cm. long, stout, rigid, concavo-convex; margins thickened. Internodes up to 15 mm. long. Primary pinnae (4)–6–(8) pairs; secondary 2–4 pairs; tertiary very slender to almost filiform, ± 2–4 cm. × 1 mm., pungent. Stems of female plants stout, up to 3 dm. long including infl. up to c. 15 cm. long. Bract-sheaths thin, ± 4 × 1 cm., including short ligule; stipules acicular, up to 1 cm. long; lamina 2–3-pinnate, up to c. 4 cm. long, on petiole ± 10 mm. long. Umbels ∞ forming a ± globose panicle ± 8–10 cm. diam. Primary rays up to c. 4 cm. × 1 mm. grooved. Umbellules many, up to c. 3 cm. diam. on rather slender rays. Fr. narrow, ± 3 mm. long; mericarps 5–(4)-winged.

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

 Biostatus
Indigenous (Endemic)
 Bibliography
Cheeseman, T.F. 1915: Notes on Aciphylla, with Descriptions of New Species. Transactions of the New Zealand Institute 47: 39–44.
de Lange, P.J.; Norton, D.A.; Courtney, S.P.; Heenan, P.B.; Barkla, J.W.; Cameron, E.K.; Hitchmough, R.; Townsend, A.J. 2009: Threatened and uncommon plants of New Zealand (2008 revision). New Zealand Journal of Botany 47: 61–96. [Naturally uncommon]
de Lange, P.J.; Norton, D.A.; Heenan, P.B.; Courtney, S.P.; Molloy, B.P.J.; Ogle, C.C.; Rance, B.D. 2004: Threatened and uncommon plants of New Zealand. New Zealand Journal of Botany 42(1): 45–76.
de Lange, P.J.; Rolfe, J.R.; Barkla J.W.; Courtney, S.P.; Champion, P.D.; Perrie, L.R.; Beadel, S.N.; Ford, K.A.; Breitwieser, I.; Schönberger, I.; Hindmarsh-Walls, R.; Heenan, P.B.; Ladley, K. 2018: Conservation status of New Zealand indigenous vascular plants, 2017. New Zealand Threat Classification Series. No. 22. [Declining]
de Lange, P.J.; Rolfe, J.R.; Champion, P.D.; Courtney, S.P.; Heenan, P.B.; Barkla, J.W.; Cameron, E.K.; Norton, D.A.; Hitchmough, R.A. 2013: Conservation status of New Zealand indigenous vascular plants, 2012. New Zealand Threat Classification Series 3. Department of Conservation, Wellington. [Naturally Uncommon]