Arthropodium milleflorum (DC.) J.F.Macbr.

Pale Vanilla-lily

Contr. Gray Herb. 3 (56): 2 (1918) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Plants tufted, to c. 1.3 m high. Roots tuberous, tubers plump, 2–3 cm long, 2–8 cm distant from rootstock. Leaves linear, flat, spreading, to 40 cm long, 1–25 mm wide, often somewhat glaucous. Inflorescence erect, usually with a few spreading branches. Flowers usually 2–9 per node, white, pale mauve or pink; perianth segments spreading to recurved, 5–8 mm long, sepals narrower than petals; stamens shorter than perianth segments, filament hairs white proximally, usually purple near anther, rarely white throughout; anther purple. Capsule globose, 4–5 mm long. Seeds 2–3 mm long. Flowers mostly Nov.-Feb.

CVU, DunT, EGL, EGU, GipP, Glep, Gold, GGr, HNF, HSF, MonT, NIS, OtP, OtR, SnM, VAlp, VRiv, VVP, WaP, WPro, Wim. Also SA, NSW, Tas. A widespread species, predominantly in montane to subalpine sites on and near the Divide, particularly in rocky situations, but also scattered in cooler lowland districts (e.g. Portland and Hamilton areas in west, Creswick, Mornington Peninsula, Warby Range, Dandenong Ranges and foothills, Gelliondale near Yarram, etc.).

Source: Conran, J.G. (1994). Liliaceae. 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: Neville Walsh, 2021-01-03
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Lilianae
order Asparagales
family Asparagaceae
genus Arthropodium
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Arthropodium milleflorum in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Arthropodium milleflorum in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Wimmera present native
Glenelg Plain present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Victorian Riverina present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Otway Plain present native
Warrnambool Plain present native
Goldfields present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Greater Grampians present native
Dundas Tablelands present native
Northern Inland Slopes present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Wilsons Promontory present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Otway Ranges present native
Monaro Tablelands present native
Victorian Alps present native
Snowy Mountains present native

State distribution

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South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory