Thelionema umbellatum (R.Br) R.J.F.Hend.

Austrobaileya 2: 109 (1985) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: rare (r)

Plants tufted, to c. 40 cm high. Leaves rather obscurely distichous, narrow linear, flat or weakly folded, 12–35 cm long, 2–3 mm wide. Inflorescence shorter to barely longer than leaves. Flowers mostly 3–10 per inflorescence; perianth segments spreading, 5–9 mm long, white or cream, longer than stamens; anthers yellow; style 1.5–2.5 mm long. Capsule ovoid to triquetrous, 5–10 mm long. Seeds c. 2.5–3.5 mm long. Flowers Oct.–Dec.

EGL, GipP, OtP, VVP. Also NSW, Tas. Recorded from a few widely separated wet heathland sites in lowland southern Victoria (Portland, Cape Otway, Cranbourne, Cann River, Mallacoota areas), but possibly overlooked as a tenuous form of the more widespread T. caespitosum.

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.
Distribution map
life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Lilianae
order Asparagales
family Asphodelaceae
genus Thelionema
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Thelionema umbellatum in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Thelionema umbellatum in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Otway Plain present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native

State distribution

Distribution map
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory