of New Zealand
Lily / Mt Cook Lily / Mountain Buttercup / Shepherd's Lily
Alpine Plants of New Zealand
ISBN 0 7900 0525 5
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- A robust herb, usually
60-75 cm tall, but in very good situations may be up to 1 metre.
- Leaves: Saucer-shaped,
15-40 cm in diameter, deep shining green, thick and rather leathery.
Leaf stalks long and attached to the centre of the blade.
Numerous, on branched stems; 5-8 cm in diameter, white with a
green cone-like centre surrounded by yellow stamens.
- South and Stewart
Islands. About and west of the main divide, from Mt Buckland near
Westport, southwards. Rare on Mt Anglem on Stewart Island. 700-1500
- Subalpine to low alpine
throughout most of the wet mountain areas, particularly from Arthur's
Pass southwards. Usually in snow tussock-herbfield, alongside
streams, in wet hollows and flushes, and on rock bluffs and faces.
In some areas introduced browsing animals have virtually restricted
it to inaccessible habitats such as rock bluffs.
This species is justly acclaimed as one of the most magnificent
buttercups in the world. Depending on altitude it usually flowers
from late November or early December to about mid January.