Wurmbea dioica subsp. brevifolia R.J.Bates

J. Adelaide Bot. Gard. 21: 77 (2007) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Herbs 5–20 cm high. Leaves linear-lanceolate, 1–20 cm long, 2–6 mm wide (measured at midpoint), base expanded, uppermost leaf contracted, somewhat ovate, 1–3(–4) cm long. Flowers 1–6(–11), unisexual, rarely bisexual, female flowers distinctly smaller; tepals elliptic, 4–10 mm long, shortly fused basally, spreading, white or cream, usually with edges pink-tinged (sometimes more apparent with with age), nectary band purple, rarely white or cream; anthers purple to pink. Flowers Jun.–Sept.

LoM, MuM, NIS, RobP, Wim. Also SA. Occurs in north-western Victoria, where it is largely restricted from Little Desert to Murray Sunset National Parks. Typically occurring in drier sites than the other two subspecies.

This subspecies is distinguished by the short, ovate uppermost leaf that lacks an elongated apex, and pink-edged tepals.  

Created by: Andre Messina, 2014-12-09
Updated by: Andre Messina, 2019-08-16
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Lilianae
order Liliales
family Colchicaceae
genus Wurmbea
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Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <http://avh.chah.org.au>. Find Wurmbea dioica subsp. brevifolia in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Wurmbea dioica subsp. brevifolia in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
Murray Mallee present native
Wimmera present native
Robinvale Plains present native
Northern Inland Slopes present native

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South Australia
New South Wales