Dianella brevicaulis (Ostenf.) G.W.Carr & P.F.Horsfall

Muelleria 8: 375 (1995) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Closely tufted plant to 50 cm tall. Leaves mostly erect, closely sheathing at base, 15–65 cm long, 4–10 mm wide, margins recurved (drying to revolute), smooth, abaxial midrib smooth, blade pale to dark green, not glaucous, more or less concolorous. Flowers 10–20 mm wide, blue to violet; perianth segments spreading to recurved; stamens shorter than perianth segments, filament swellings (strumae) yellow, shorter than the dark brown or black anthers. Berry ovoid to globular, 4–10 mm long; seed 2–5 mm cliam.Inflorescence shorter than the foliage, with spreading branches. Berry lumpy-globoid, c. 5 mm long, shining purple; seeds flattened-ellipsoid, c. 4 mm long, black, smooth and shining. Flowers Oct.–Dec.

Brid, DunT, EGL, GipP, Glep, Gold, LoM, MuM, NIS, OtP, OtR, VVP, WaP, Wim. Also WA, SA, Tas. Generally occurring on sandy soil chiefly near the coast, sometimes on exposed dunes, with inland occurrences in mallee-heath communities in the Little Desert and on heavier soils in Themeda grassland west of Melbourne. A collection from c. 20 km south of Numurkah may also be referable to this variety, but further confirmatory collections are required.

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 (as Dianella revoluta var. brevicaulis Ostenf.).
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2020-02-27
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Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <http://avh.chah.org.au>. Find Dianella brevicaulis in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Dianella brevicaulis in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
Murray Mallee present native
Wimmera present native
Glenelg Plain present native
Bridgewater present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Otway Plain present native
Warrnambool Plain present native
Goldfields present native
Dundas Tablelands present native
Northern Inland Slopes present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
Otway Ranges present native

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Western Australia
South Australia
New South Wales