Scientific Name:
Colobanthus strictus Cheeseman, Trans. New Zealand Inst. 53: 424 (1921)
  • = Colobanthus muelleri var. strictus Cheeseman, Man. New Zealand Fl. 68 (1906)

Plant forming cushion or mat several cm. across. Branches many, very short, very close, each bearing a tuft of erect, us. stiff lvs. Lvs yellowish, narrow-linear, sheath short, blade 10–20 mm. long (reaching 30 mm. In cultivation) tapering gradually into acicular tip that is much longer than width of adjacent part of If. Peduncles barely = lvs, fls sts projecting above. Sepals 5, 4–8 mm. long, broad below with membr. margin, often infolded above, tapering gradually to long acicular tip; capsule 5-valved, much < calyx when mature.

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

Indigenous (Endemic)

Flowering: Oct.–Apr.; Fruiting: Nov.–Apr.

Cheeseman, T.F. 1906: Manual of the New Zealand Flora. Government Printer, Wellington.
Cheeseman, T.F. 1921: New species of flowering-plants. Transactions of the New Zealand Institute 53: 423–425.
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]