Astelia nervosa


Astelia: Stemless
nervosa: with conspicuous veins

Common Name(s)

Mountain astelia

Current Conservation Status

2012 - Not Threatened

Conservation status of New Zealand indigenous vascular plants, 2012
The conservation status of all known New Zealand vascular plant taxa at the rank of species and below were reassessed in 2012 using the New Zealand Threat Classification System (NZTCS). This report includes a statistical summary and brief notes on changes since 2009 and replaces all previous NZTCS lists for vascular plants. Authors: Peter J. de Lange, Jeremy R. Rolfe, Paul D. Champion, Shannel P. Courtney, Peter B. Heenan, John W. Barkla, Ewen K. Cameron, David A. Norton and Rodney A. Hitchmough. File size: 792KB

Previous Conservation Status

2009 - Not Threatened
2004 - Not Threatened


Astelia nervosa Hook.f.



Flora Category

Vascular - Native

NVS Species Code


The National Vegetation Survey (NVS) Databank is a physical archive and electronic databank containing records of over 94,000 vegetation survey plots - including data from over 19,000 permanent plots. NVS maintains a standard set of species code abbreviations that correspond to standard scientific plant names from the Ngä Tipu o Aotearoa - New Zealand Plants database.

Structural Class

Monocotyledonous Herbs


Astelia nervosa var. montana Kirk ex Cheeseman; Astelia montana (Kirk) Ckn.; Astelia cockaynei Cheeseman


A. nervosa may be confined to the South and Stewart Islands; North Island plants have greener leaves with a brownish/bronze indumentum on the abaxial (lower) surfaces and these may constitute an unnamed taxon.


Undersides of leaves often showing zigzag 'tracks' caused by feeding of the larvae of the 'astelia zigzag moth' (http://www.monarch.org.nz/monarch/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/Autumn13_03.pdf)

Flower Colours

Brown,Red / Pink


Not Threatened

Chromosome No.

2n = 210

Endemic Taxon


Endemic Genus


Endemic Family


Life Cycle and Dispersal

Fleshy berries are dispersed by frugivory (Thorsen et al., 2009).




References and further reading

Thorsen, M. J.; Dickinson, K. J. M.; Seddon, P. J. 2009. Seed dispersal systems in the New Zealand flora. Perspectives in Plant Ecology, Evolution and Systematics 2009 Vol. 11 No. 4 pp. 285-309

http://www.monarch.org.nz/monarch/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/Autumn13_03.pdf (for life history of astelia zigzag moth)

This page last updated on 23 Jan 2017