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Arthropodium cirratum - rengarenga lily, rock lily


Arthropodium cirratum is a small herbaceous plant with long, narrow leaves. It is easily distinguished by its tufts of soft  drooping leaves and a fleshy horizontal stem (rhizome). Arthropodium is a genus with two species endemic to New Zealand and 10 native to Australia
An endemic species found in the North Island and upper half of the South Island.

Vegetative characteristics

Reproductive characteristics

Plant form: perennial herb with underground stem

Arrangement of parts: symmetric


Flower size: 20-40 mm diam

Leaf form: undivided, narrow strap-shaped

Sepals: 3, white

Leaf size: 30-60 cm

Petals: 3, white

Leaf arrangement: singly along stem

Sexuality: bisexual

Leaf attachment: clasping

Stamens: 3

Leaf margin: smooth

Ovary: above petals

Leaf surface: hairless

Fruit: dry