Nomenclature
Scientific Name:
Aciphylla polita (Kirk) Cheeseman
 Description

Small, tufted, with erect stems up to 2 dm. tall, us. shorter. Lvs 2–3-pinnate (rarely only 1-pinnate), up to 15 cm. long. Sheaths c. 3 cm. × 8 mm.; stipules subfiliform, with slightly expanded base, unequal, up to 1 cm. long; Petioles ± 10–20 mm. long, internodes very short. Primary pinnae 4–6 pairs, ± 4 cm. long; secondary to c. 1 cm. long, very narrow-linear, flaccid; tertiary ± 1 mm. wide to capillary, mucronulate. Stems of male plants very slender, c. 15 cm. long including lax infl. ± 7 cm. long. Bracts small; sheaths ± 15 × 4 mm., thin; stipules capillary; lamina pinnately to bipinnately divided, up to c. 2 cm. long. Umbels forming a loose open panicle; rays very slender, unequal, up to c. 4 cm. long. Umbellules ± 5 mm. diam., on capillary rays. Stems of female plants stiff, slender, with lax infl. up to ± 5 cm. long. Bract-sheaths c. 10 mm. long; stipules ± linear-lanceolate; lamina pinnately divided. Umbels forming an open panicle, slightly more compound than in male plants; rays unequal, c. 2–3 cm. long, spreading; umbellules very small, on very short rays. Fr. c. 3 mm. long.

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

 Biostatus
Indigenous (Endemic)
 Bibliography
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. [Not Threatened]
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. [Not Threatened]