Dianella amoena G.W.Carr & P.F.Horsfall

Matted Flax-lily

Muelleria 8: 369 (1995) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:EPBC: endangered (EN); Victoria: endangered (e); listed in Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988

Extensively rhizomatous, usually forming loose mats, to c. 5 m diam; culms to 90 cm high. Leaves usually dying back over summer, erect to spreading, hardly sheathing at base, 12–45 cm long, 4–12 mm wide, flat to broadly V-shaped in section, rather thin-textured, smooth apart for irregularly spaced tubercles, to c. 0.5 mm long, along margins and abaxial midrib, concolorous, grey-green. Inflorescence rather sparse and scape relatively slender (up to c. 4 mm diam.), exceeding the foliage; panicle ovoid-pyramidal, 5–20 cm long, branches acutely angled from main axis; flowers 15–20 mm wide, pale blue to blue-violet, faintly nutmeg-scented; perianth segments widely spreading or reflexed, usually closing by mid-afternoon, slightly longer than stamens; staminal filament to c. 5 mm long, struma c. 2 mm long, orange, anther yellow, c. 3 mm long. Berry globuloar to obovoid, 4–7 mm long, shining pale to dark blue; seeds smooth, angular globose, c. 3 mm long 2.5 mm wide. Flowers mostly Nov.–Jan.

CVU, DunT, EGU, GipP, Gold, HNF, HSF, VVP. Also occurs ?NSW and Tas. Largely confined to drier grassy woodland and grassland communities south of the Dividing Range and now much depleted through its range.

The matting habit, slender, soft-textured leaves and culms and relatively large flowers are distinctive.

NSW plants determined as this species are not typical and may represent a different taxon.

Created by: Neville Walsh, 2017-02-17
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2021-07-22
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Lilianae
order Asparagales
family Asphodelaceae
genus Dianella
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <http://avh.chah.org.au>. Find Dianella amoena in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Dianella amoena in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Goldfields present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Dundas Tablelands present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native

State distribution

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New South Wales