Scientific Name:
Stylidium subulatum Hook.f., Handb. New Zealand Fl. 168 (1864)
  • Phyllachne subulata (Hook.f.) F.Muell., J. Bot. 16: 174 (1878)
  • Oreostylidium subulatum (Hook.f.) Berggr.

Glab. herb with short stock, deeply descending taproot, emitting slender stolons or rhizomes with internodes up to ± 6 cm. long. Lvs densely tufted, spreading, ± recurved, sessile, entire, 10–40 × 1–2–(3) mm., linear, shallowly concavo-convex, mucronate, sts almost pungent. Peduncles 1-fld, rather stout, glab. to pubescent, sts still not > 5 mm. long when capsule mature, sts elongating to ± 2 cm long. Bracts, if present, lflike. Fls 4–5 mm. diam.; receptacle adnate to ovary, ± glandular-pubescent. Calyx-lobes 1–2 mm. long, persistent, ascending, oblong, obtuse, ± mucronate. Corolla-lobes patent, oblong, obtuse, white. Capsule 5–8 × 4–5 mm., broad-ovoid to subglobose to obovoid.

[From: Allan (1961) Flora of New Zealand. Volume 1. as Oreostylidium subulatum (Hook.f.) Berggr.]

Indigenous (Endemic)

Flowering: Nov.–Mar.; Fruiting: Jan.–Jun.

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. [as Oreostylidium subulatum (Hook.f.) Berggr.] [Not Threatened]
Garnock-Jones, P.J. 2014: Evidence-based review of the taxonomic status of New Zealand’s endemic seed plant genera. New Zealand Journal of Botany 52(2): 163–212.
Hooker, J.D. 1864: Handbook of the New Zealand Flora: a systematic description of the native plants of New Zealand and the Chatham, Kermadec's, Lord Auckland's, Campbell's and Macquarie's Islands. Part I. Reeve, London.
Mueller, F. 1878: Observations on the genus Phyllachne. Journal of Botany, British and Foreign 16: 173–174.
Wedge, J.A. 2012: Navigating the floral Milky Way: the taxonomy of the microgeophytic triggerplants (Stylidium petiolare and allies: Stylidiaceae). Australian Systematic Botany 25: 138–169.