Scientific Name:
Colobanthus monticola Petrie, Trans. & Proc. New Zealand Inst. 44: 179 (1911 [1912])

Plant several cm. across, forming cushion 2–4 cm. deep; branches many and close, up to 4 cm. long, lfy throughout length. Lvs closely spaced but spreading, sheath short but obvious, blade linear-subulate, c. 5 mm. long, without midrib but with strongly thickened margins running into short acicular tip. Peduncles short, sts elongating to exceed lvs in fr. Sepals 4, c. 3 mm. long, linear-subulate, bordered strongly near short acicular tip; stamens short; styles short; capsule splitting almost to base into 4 broad lobes that often exceed sepals when mature.

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

Indigenous (Endemic)

Flowering: Dec.–Jan.; Fruiting: Feb.–Apr.

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