A medium sized grass growing to about 80cm. Its foliage ranges in colour from green, yellow, orange and red. When the wind blows the leaves dance around showing the colour and reflecting the sun from the slightly glossy leaves. It looks great planted in mass or as a single plant. The flower heads are very impressive, being taller than the leaves and very fine.
Naturally occurring on both the North and South Island but mostly on the east coast down as far as Otago.
Meaning of the botanical name:
(from meanings & origins of botanical names of NZ plants, by Marie Taylor)
Anemanthele - "windsept plume". Gk. anemos, wind; anthelion, a flowerlet or inforescence.
lessonianus - Named for P A Lesson, but some Lesson plants were collected by his elder brother, Rene Primevere Lesson (1794-1849) of the French vessel "Coquille" on d'Urville's first voyage. "Coquille" was renamed "Astrolabe" for the second voyage.
(Most commonly used name/s first & underlined. Region or tribal use if known in brackets.)
I have no known Maori names for this plant.
Common names: (Most commonly used name/s first & underlined.)
Gossamer grass, Wind grass
This page was updated on 30 May 2014.
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