Laxmannia gracilis R.Br.

Slender Wire-lily

Prodr. 286 (1810) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: rare (r)

Plants tufted, stems erect, often stilt-rooted, to 40 cm, high. Leaves linear, 8–75 mm long, 1–2 mm wide, sheath with ciliate margins. Umbel 4–17-flowered, peduncle to c. 15 cm long; involucral bracts oblong, 1–3 mm long; sepals 4–6 mm long, hyaline with reddish central streak; petals 5–8 mm long, pink; ovules 9–12; capsule globose, 2–3 mm diam. Seeds 2–3 mm long. Flowers Jul.–Oct.

EGL, EGU, GipP, HNF, HSF, MonT. Also Old, NSW. Occurs in scattered localities in Gippsland, from near sea-level (e.g. Fernbank, Maramingo near the NSW border) to elevated areas where often associated with rock (e.g. Mt Ligar, Mt Elizabeth, Wulgulmerang, Snowy River Gorge area), but uncommon to rare. Records of this species from western Victoria belong with the more widespread L. orientalis.

Source: Conran, J.G.; Walsh, N.G. (1994). Laxmannia. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 2, Ferns and Allied Plants, Conifers and Monocotyledons. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Lilianae
order Asparagales
family Asparagaceae
genus Laxmannia
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Laxmannia gracilis in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Laxmannia gracilis in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Gippsland Plain present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Monaro Tablelands present native

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New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory