Aciphylla subflabellata forms an open cluster of spiky leaves. The very narrow grey-green leaves are highly divided, up to 24 in (60 cm) long. In summer the yellow flowers are carried on a stalk that can be up 40 in (1 m) high.
This aciphylla is found montane to subalpine areas, in the eastern regions of the South Island, New Zealand, from north Canterbury to south Otago. It is eaten by sheep!