Bulbine semibarbata (R.Br.) Haw.

Leek Lily

Rev. Pl. Succ. 33 (1821) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Tufted annuals to 30 cm high. Roots fibrous. Leaves spreading or erect, flattish to subterete, 5–20 cm long, 1–5 mm wide (rarely broader). Inflorescence erect; scape 1–3 mm diam. at base. Flowers yellow; perianth segments 3–7 mm long; stamens shorter than perianth segments, anthers orange, outer 3 glabrous; capsule globose 2–4.5 mm long; seeds smooth, mostly 1.5–2.5 mm long. Flowers spring–summer.

CVU, DunT, EGL, EGU, Gold, GGr, HSF, LoM, MuF, MuM, MSB, NIS, RobP, VRiv, VVP, WaP, WPro, Wim. All states except NT. Rather common in drier northern regions north and west from near Bendigo, usually on light, often sandy soils, extending to the far north-west near Lake Wallawalla, scattered and rather uncommon elsewhere in the state (e.g. Mt Arapiles, Port Campbell, Mt Hedrick, Mitchell River near Glenaladale, Omeo-Benambra district, Murrungowar).

The species includes a large number of forms within a complex polyploid series.

Source: Conran, J.G.; Walsh, N.G. (1994). Bulbine. 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: Andre Messina, 2014-11-18
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Lilianae
order Asparagales
family Asphodelaceae
genus Bulbine
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <http://avh.chah.org.au>. Find Bulbine semibarbata in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Bulbine semibarbata in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
Murray Mallee present native
Wimmera present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Victorian Riverina present native
Murray Scroll Belt present native
Robinvale Plains present native
Murray Fans present native
Warrnambool 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

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