Herpolirion novae-zelandiae Hook.f.

Sky Lily

Fl. Nov.-Zel. 1: 258 (1853) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: rare (r)

Plants forming loose, turf-like mats to c. 2 m wide. Leaves tufted, usually c. 5 per rhizome apex, linear, sheathing at base, widely spreading, c. 5 cm long, 1.5–4 mm wide, somewhat glaucous. Flower single, subsessile, subtended by leafy bracts, segments c. 2 cm long, very pale blue, about twice as long as stamens. Capsule globose, 3–5 mm long. Seeds several, c. 2–3 mm long. Flowers Dec.–Jan.

SnM, VAlp. Also NSW, Tas. New Zealand. Occurs in moist, peaty, herbfield and grassland above c. 1200 m throughout the alpine area, from Lake Mountain to Daveys Plain near the Cobberas. Reasonably common but cryptic unless in flower.

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: Daniel Ohlsen, 2017-06-15
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Lilianae
order Asparagales
family Asphodelaceae
genus Herpolirion
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <http://avh.chah.org.au>. Find Herpolirion novae-zelandiae in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Herpolirion novae-zelandiae in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Victorian Alps present native
Snowy Mountains present native

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New South Wales