Orchadian 12: 327 (1998) APNI
Threat status:Victoria: endangered (e); listed in Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988
Flowering stem erect, straight, 9–20 cm tall, 1–2.5 mm diam., purplish, often pruinose. Leaf linear to linear-lanceolate, attenuate, 5–12(–18) cm long, 5–12 mm wide, fleshy, canaliculate, ribbed abaxially, sheathing at base, dark green to yellowish with a purplish base. Inflorescence 1–6-flowered, loose. Sterile bracts usually 2, rarely 1 or 3. Perianth segments elliptic, lanceolate or ovate, 10–20 mm long, dark violet-blue to purple with darker longitudinal veins. Column slender, 5–7 mm long, pink, blue or purplish; mid-lobe hooding the anther, tubular, inflated, gently curved through c. 90 deg., dark brown to blackish, apex shallowly bilobed, yellow; lateral lobes converging 0.8–1.5 mm long, digitiform, obliquely erect, each with a toothbrush-like arrangement of white hairs almost along their entire length, terminating in front of mid-lobe. Anther inserted towards apex of column, shortly beaked. Flowers Sep.–Nov.
DunT, HSF, OtP, VVP. Endemic to Victoria where found in tussock grassland on red-brown loams derived from basalt.
Flowers expand readily on warm to hot days and are strongly scented.
|Bioregion||Occurrence status||Establishment means|
|Victorian Volcanic Plain||present||native|