Philydrum lanuginosum Banks ex Gaertn.

Woolly Waterlily

Fruct. Sem. Pl. 1: 62, t. 16 fig. 10 (1788) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: vulnerable (v)

Leaves 15–45 cm long, glabrous; basal sheath 7–16 cm long. Inflorescence borne on an axis (10–)25–90 cm long; axis woolly with soft white hairs; inflorescence-leaves 15–25 mm long, 7–10 mm wide, progressively smaller (hence, bract-like) from base to apex of inflorescence, woolly with soft white hairs; 10–c. 40-flowered per spike. Perianth yellow; outer segments ovate, 10–12 mm long, 7–10 mm wide; inner segments narrowly ovate, 3–6 mm long, 1–2 mm wide; stigma capitate. Fruit woolly with soft white hairs; valves 7–11 mm long. Flowers Dec.–Mar.(–Apr.).

EGL, EGU, GipP, GGr, MuF, NIS, VRiv, Wim. All States except SA and Tas. Also western Pacific islands and mainland South-east Asia. Scattered, and very localized throughout lowland Victoria in shallow freshwater swamps. Pre-1900 records from Cheltenham and Brighton are of uncertain origin, but the species is almost certainly now-extinct from these suburban areas.

Source: Conn, B.J. (1994). Philydraceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 2, Ferns and Allied Plants, Conifers and Monocotyledons. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2018-02-23
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Lilianae
order Commelinales
family Philydraceae
genus Philydrum
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Philydrum lanuginosum in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Philydrum lanuginosum in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Wimmera present native
Victorian Riverina present native
Murray Fans present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Greater Grampians present native
Northern Inland Slopes present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native

State distribution

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Western Australia
Northern Territory
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory