Prodr. 298 (1810) APNI
Threat status:Victoria: rare (r)
Bulb broadly ovoid, 2–4 cm diam. Leaves several, linear, flat, 10–60 cm long, 4–12 mm wide, developing as fruits mature. Scape cylindric, erect (becoming prostrate in fruit), to c. 50 cm high. Umbel 8–20-flowered; spathe-bracts 3, 2–7 cm long; pedicels 15–30 mm long; flower pink or purple, sometimes yellow near base, tubular in lower 4–10 mm, lobes slightly spreading, ovate, 10–15 mm long; corona 5–8 mm long, pink, truncate or shallowly lobed between stamens; free part of filaments 2–3 mm long. Capsule firm, berry-like, 5–10 mm long. Flowers Feb.–Apr.
MuM, RobP. Also SA, NSW. Localized in the far north-west where occurring at a few sites prone to flooding near the Murray River between Boundary Bend and Wentworth. Occurs on deep alluvium adjacent to the river, or on sand in the vicinity of the Hattah Lakes system, appearing in thousands at some sites in favourable seasons.
The bulbs were an important food resource for Koories.
|Bioregion||Occurrence status||Establishment means|
|New South Wales|
|Australian Capital Territory|