Scientific Name:
Arthropodium cirratum (G.Forst.) R.Br. (1822)
  • Anthericum cirratum G.Forst., Fl. Ins. Austr. 24 (1786)
Vernacular Name(s):
Māikaika; Renga lily; Rengarenga; Rock lily

Robust evergreen plants us. forming extensive colonies. Rhizome half-woody, 1–2 cm. diam., with very short internodes. Lvs 30–60 × 3–10 cm., narrow-lanceolate, subfleshy; veins ∞, fine, subequal; sheath short to long. Infl. exceeding lvs; peduncle stiff, c. = panicle; panicle broad with strong laterals, occ. again branched; main bracts green and lflike. Fls mostly in uneven-aged groups of 2–3; pedicels c. 2 cm. long, white above the joint. Per. c. 2–4 cm. diam., white; outer tepals narrow, inner of thinner texture, broader, obtuse with slightly erose margins. Stamens < tepals; anther-tails purplish at the top, white in the middle and golden yellow at the free curled ends. Capsule c. 8 × 6 mm., shallowly sulcate with rounded valves, dehiscing widely. Seeds c. 12 in each locule, c. 2 mm. long, black with a surface pattern of flat-topped papillae. 2n = 22.

[From: Moore and Edgar (1970) Flora of New Zealand. Volume 2.]

Indigenous (Endemic)

Flowering: (Sep.)–Nov.–Dec.; Fruiting: Dec.–Feb.

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]
Forster, J.G.A. 1786: Florulae Insularum Australium Prodromus. Dietrich, Göttingen.
Heenan, P.B.; Mitchell, A.D.; de Lange, P. J. 2004: Arthropodium bifurcatum (Asparagaceae), a new species from northern New Zealand . New Zealand Journal of Botany 42: 233–246.