Bulbine bulbosa (R.Br.) Haw.

Bulbine Lily

Rev. Pl. Succ. 33 (1821) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Tufted perennials to c.50 cm high, usually with a bulb-like tuber. Roots thick, fleshy. Leaves channelled or subterete, hollow, to 30 cm long, 1–5 mm wide. Inflorescences erect, 1 or 2 per plant; scape 3–6 mm diam. at base; flowers yellow; perianth segments 9–22 mm long; stamens shorter than perianth segments, anthers yellow, remaining erect after dehiscence; filaments all bearded with acute or clavate hairs at apex, concealing the lower part of the anthers. Capsule globose to obovoid, 4–7 mm long. Seeds smooth to tuberculate, 2–3 mm long. Flowers spring–summer.

Brid, CVU, DunT, EGL, EGU, GipP, Glep, Gold, GGr, HFE, HNF, HSF, LoM, MonT, MuF, MuM, NIS, OtP, OtR, SnM, VAlp, VRiv, VVP, WaP, WPro, Wim. Also SA, Qld, NSW, ACT, Tas. A widespread, variable species inhabiting a wide range of habitats, often associated with rather heavy, water-retentive or seasonally inundated soils, but also occurring on shallow soils overlying rock, rare in the north-west and coastal districts, occasional in moist alpine grassland and ascending to 1800 m or more on the Bogong High Plains.

Source: Conran, J.G.; Walsh, N.G. (1994). Bulbine. 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, 2019-04-29
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Lilianae
order Asparagales
family Asphodelaceae
genus Bulbine
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <http://avh.chah.org.au>. Find Bulbine bulbosa in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Bulbine bulbosa in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
Murray Mallee present native
Wimmera present native
Glenelg Plain present native
Bridgewater present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Victorian Riverina present native
Murray Fans 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
Highlands-Far East present native
Victorian Alps present native
Snowy Mountains present native

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Northern Territory
South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory