Tricoryne tenella R.Br.

Mallee Rush Lily

Prodr. 278 (1810) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Erect plants to c. 70 cm high; branches clustered; stems grooved, sometimes scabrous. Leaves absent or rarely 1 or 2 at base, elsewhere reduced to scales subtending branches. Umbels 2–15-flowered; perianth segments narrow-elliptic, 5–8 mm long, yellow, longer than stamens, sepals slightly narrower than petals. Mature mericarps c. 5 mm long including the apical beak, c. 1 mm long. Seed ovoid, c. 3.5 mm long. Flowers Oct.–Dec.

LoM, MuM, RobP, Wim. Also WA, SA. Confined to sand-ridges, usually occurring in heathland, locally common (Little Desert near Kiata, Big Desert near Lake Hindmarsh, Wyperfeld and Hattah-Kulkyne National Park, Sunset Country). In Victoria, previously included with the more widespread T. elatior which it replaces to a large extent in the north-west.

Source: Conran, J.G.; Walsh, N.G. (1994). Tricoryne. 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 Tricoryne
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Tricoryne tenella in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Tricoryne tenella in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
Murray Mallee present native
Wimmera present native
Robinvale Plains present native

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Western Australia
South Australia