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Mount Cook Lily.
An erect handsome coriacous plant 2 to 4 ft. high, with branched many-flowered stem. This splendid plant when in full flower with its large leaves and pure white blossoms sometimes 4 inches in diameter, is a sight never to be forgotten by those fortunate enough to behold it.
It flourishes by mountain streams and moist gullies, and ascends from 2000 to 4000 feet. “Near the Hermitage and open glades of Mt. Cook are masses of these lovely flowers.”
This and Ranunculus Traversii are the only known Ranunculi with peltate leaves.
Middle Island, Milford Sound, Southern Alps, Lyall and Otago.
“Water Lily” of the shepherds.