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Aciphylla colensoi
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Spaniard in flower
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Artist view of Aciphylla Scott Thomsonii, Mount Cook National Park-NZ, hand drawing by Axel Aucouturier
Aciphylla scott thomsonii with foliage, inflorescence and root system in Hooker valley (Mount Cook National Park, NZ), 2.5m high, hand drawing by Axel Aucouturier, 2019.

Aciphylla colensoi is a species of Aciphylla, commonly known as giant speargrass, Spaniard, or its Māori-language name taramea. Individual plants may be up to 90 cm (35 in) in diameter and half as high, and consist of sharp spines, all pointing out from the centre. Yellow flowers may also be present, located on long, strong stems. A. colensoi can be found in both main islands of New Zealand, typically in altitudes from 900 to 1,500 m (3,000 to 4,900 ft).

Taxonomy & naming

Joseph Hooker first described the plant in 1864. The specific epithet, colensoi, honours William Colenso.


It is found on both the North and South Islands of New Zealand.

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