Key to Tasmanian Dicots
Astelia (Asteliaceae [formerly part of Liliaceae]) 4b:370  
Astelia alpina (Pineapple Grass) is a very common alpine and subalpine species (rarely reaching lower altitudes) that grows on peat. It can form extensive rough mats. The leaves are broad, triangular and ribbed, about 10-30cm long, and ~2cm wide, with a dense felty covering of white hairs on the underside (and sometimes to a degree on the upper surface). The flowers are small and cream and occur in a fairly obscure inflorescence. The fruit are round, red and fleshy.

A new species of Astelia is likely to be described soon from plants growing in western Tasmania.

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