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Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Monocots
Order: Asparagales
Family: Asphodelaceae
Subfamily: Hemerocallidoideae
Genus: Herpolirion
Hook. f.[1]
Species: H. novae-zelandiae
Binomial name
Herpolirion novae-zelandiae
Hook. f.

Herpolirion tasmaniae Hook.f.

Herpolirion is a genus of perennial herbs in the family Asphodelaceae,[2] subfamily Hemerocallidoideae. The sole species is Herpolirion novae-zelandiae, commonly known as sky lily. It is native to New Zealand as well as the states of New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania in Australia.[3]

The species was first formally described in 1853 by Joseph Dalton Hooker based on specimens collected by William Colenso from the plains near Taupo in the North Island of New Zealand. Hooker's description was published in 1853 in The botany of the Antarctic voyage of H.M. discovery ships Erebus and Terror. II. Flora Novae-Zelandiae. [1]


  1. ^ a b "Herpolirion". Australian Plant Name Index (APNI), IBIS database. Centre for Plant Biodiversity Research, Australian Government, Canberra. Retrieved 2008-09-10. 
  2. ^ "Genus: Herpolirion Hook. f." Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN). United States Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service, Beltsville Area. Retrieved 2 April 2011. 
  3. ^ McCune, S. & D.W. Hardin. "Genus Herpolirion". PlantNET - New South Wales Flora Online. Royal Botanic Gardens & Domain Trust, Sydney Australia. Retrieved 2009-12-14.