Xanthorrhoea caespitosa D.J.Bedford

Fl. Australia 46: 226 (1986) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: rare (r)

Stem almost totally subterranean, branched underground. Leaves forming an uneven open tuft, depressed-obtriangular, sometimes concave above, 2.3–7.0 mm wide, 1–2 mm thick, grey, glaucous. Inflorescence with flower-bearing part 45–65 cm long, 22–28 mm diam., 0.3–0.5 times as long as non-flowering axis which is 90–120 cm long and 10.0–17.5 mm diam.; bracts around flowers prominent, narrow-triangular. Sepals with apex acute, without an adaxial projection; petals hairy in distal portion, with a large adaxial projection. Flowers Oct.–Dec.

DunT, EGL, Glep, GGr, LoM, OtP, VVP, WaP, Wim. Also SA. Scattered occurrences throughout south-western Victoria, with an isolated record near Cape Conran in the far east of the state.

This species has previously been regarded as a putative hybrid between Xanthorrhoea australis and X. minor. Plants of at least one of these two species are usually present near populations of X. caespitosa.

Created by: Andre Messina, 2014-12-01
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2019-11-22
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Lilianae
order Asparagales
family Asphodelaceae
genus Xanthorrhoea
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Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <http://avh.chah.org.au>. Find Xanthorrhoea caespitosa in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Xanthorrhoea caespitosa in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
Wimmera present native
Glenelg Plain present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Otway Plain present native
Warrnambool Plain present native
Greater Grampians present native
Dundas Tablelands present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native

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South Australia