Caesia calliantha R.J.F.Hend.

Blue Grass-lily

Fl. Australia 45: 471 (1987) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Plants tufted. Roots fibrous, mostly with fusiform tubers 1–4 cm long toward tips. Leaves linear, flat, spreading or ascending, 8–50 cm long, 3–15 mm wide, shining green on lower surface, glaucous above. Inflorescence erect, 15–70 cm tall, axis rather stout, simple or few-branched with leafy bracts. Flowers blue or purplish, with darker nerves, clustered in bract axils, the lowest cluster subtended by a bract to 6 cm long; perianth segments spreading, 6–10 mm long, longer than stamens; staminal filaments usually with purple band shortly below anther. Capsule 4–8 mm wide. Seed 1.5–2 mm diam. Flowers Sep.–Jan.

Brid, CVU, DunT, EGL, EGU, GipP, Glep, Gold, GGr, HNF, HSF, LoM, NIS, OtP, SnM, VRiv, VVP, WaP, Wim. Also SA, NSW, Tas. Occasional on heavier soils mostly in western and northern Victoria (Serviceton area, Ararat, Ballarat, basalt plain near Melbourne, Murchison, Warby Range etc.), but uncommon to rare in the east (e.g. Glenmaggie, Bruthen area).

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 Caesia
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Caesia calliantha in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Caesia calliantha in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
Wimmera present native
Glenelg Plain present native
Bridgewater present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Victorian Riverina present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Otway Plain 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
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Snowy Mountains present native

State distribution

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Western Australia
South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory