Scientific Name:
Sisyrinchium striatum Sm. (1792)
Vernacular Name(s):
Satin flower

Robust, tufted perennial. Stems to 80 cm high, 5 mm diam., stiff. Leaves < stems, to 1.5 cm wide, in basal fans, erect, bluish-green, few cauline, distant. Inflorescence elongate, c. ⅓ length of stem, rhachis flexuous, flower-clusters distant, sessile. Flowers 9–16 within 2 ovoid cuspidate spathe-valves, pale yellow, externally lilac-veined above, glabrous below. Capsule ± 1 cm long, broadly-cylindrical.

[From: Healy and Edgar (1980) Flora of New Zealand. Volume 3.]


Flowering: Nov.–Dec.