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Astelia nervosa, also known as mountain astelia or, along with a number of other species, as bush flax, is a herbaceous plant native to New Zealand. A. nervosa has long, flexible, leathery leaves that are light green and grey in colour. The flowers are light brown to red in colour. The mature fruits are generally orange.

Astelia nervosa
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Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Monocots
Order: Asparagales
Family: Asteliaceae
Genus: Astelia
Species: A. nervosa
Binomial name
Astelia nervosa
Banks & Sol. ex Hook.f.[1]

It is found in lowland to low alpine areas from the southern North Island south to Stewart Island.[2]


  1. ^ "Astelia nervosa". World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Retrieved 2014-01-12. 
  2. ^ "Astelia nervosa". Hebe Society. Retrieved 2012-04-29.