Alpine Flower a Day: Mountain Astelia

Alpine Flower a Day: Day 6, Mountain Astelia (Astelia nervosa)

– flowerhead are about the size of a bunch of grapes, though the seed pods/florets are smaller than a grape

– found late December, along the Arthur's Pass Track, Arthur's Pass National Park


On old throats

I hold no grudges

when my voice drops

my notes are sluggish

while young poets inaugurate

and new faces replace thugs

there's a song less showy

a mountain wonder of frumpy

shining for those who look




If you're interested in the inspiration behind this month-long series of 'An Alpine Flower A Day' about NZ alpine flowers and poems, you can find more in my first post: An Alpine Flower A Day Enjoy!


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