Story: Alpine plants

Penwiper plant

Penwiper plant

Two species of penwiper plant grow on South Island screes. The largest, Notothlapsi rosulatum, pictured here, consists of a rosette of overlapping fleshy grey leaves. In summer it produces a central stalk of sweet-smelling cream flowers.

Using this item

Private collection
Photograph by John Dawson

This item has been provided for private study purposes (such as school projects, family and local history research) and any published reproduction (print or electronic) may infringe copyright law. It is the responsibility of the user of any material to obtain clearance from the copyright holder.

All images & media in this story

How to cite this page:

Hugh Wilson, 'Alpine plants - Alpine rock vegetation', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 10 December 2023)

Story by Hugh Wilson, published 24 Sep 2007