Stypandra glauca R.Br.

Nodding Blue Lily

Prodr. 279 (1810) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Plants narrowly tufted or forming clumps to c. 1 m diam. or more, to c. 1.5 m high. Leaves distichous, sheathing at base, linear, 5–20 cm long, c. 5–15 mm wide. Larger inflorescence branches subtended by broad, leaf-like bracts. Perianth segments narrow-elliptic, 8–16 mm long, blue, white, or occasionally pink, longer than the stamens; capsule ovoid to triquetrous, 3–12 mm long. Seeds several, c. 1.5–3 mm long. Flowers Aug.–Oct.

CVU, DunT, EGL, EGU, GipP, Gold, GGr, HFE, HNF, HSF, MuF, NIS, Strz, VAlp, VRiv, VVP, WPro, Wim. Also WA, SA, Qld, NSW. Widespread and locally common in dry forests, woodlands and heaths, often in rocky situations.

A number of taxa have been recognized within S. glauca, but there appear to be no unequivocal characters on which to maintain them. Henderson (1987) observed that the WA forms were toxic to livestock, whereas the eastern forms were apparently safe. The species is in need of further study.

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


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Stypandra glauca in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Stypandra glauca in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Wimmera present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Victorian Riverina present native
Murray Fans present native
Gippsland 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
Strzelecki Ranges present native
Highlands-Far East present native
Victorian Alps present native

State distribution

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Western Australia
South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory