Thelionema caespitosum (R.Br.) R.J.F.Hend.

Tufted Blue Lily

Austrobaileya 2: 109 (1985) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Plants tufted, to c. 90 cm high. Leaves strongly distichous, linear, closely folded at least toward base, sometimes flat above, 15–55 cm long, 0.4–1.5 cm wide. Inflorescence extending beyond the leaves. Flowers numerous; perianth segments spreading, 9–13 mm, blue, white or pale yellow, longer than stamens; anthers yellow; style 3–5.5 mm long. Capsule ovoid to triquetrous, 5–10 mm long. Seeds c. 2.5–3.5 mm long. Flowers Sep.–Jan.

CVU, DunT, EGL, EGU, GipP, Glep, GGr, HNF, HSF, MonT, NIS, OtP, OtR, SnM, Strz, VAlp, VVP, WaP, WPro. Also SA, Qld, NSW, ACT, Tas. Widespread on moist sandy or peaty soils, chiefly in the lowlands, but with elevated, inland occurrences in the Grampians, Mt Buffalo, Wabonga Plateau, Pine Mountain, Wulgulmerang area, Bidwell etc.

Most inland occurrences are white- or cream-flowered and formerly regarded as a distinct variety (var. alba Ewart), but Henderson (1987) considered these to be colour forms within a variable species.

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.
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2019-01-09
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Lilianae
order Asparagales
family Asphodelaceae
genus Thelionema
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Thelionema caespitosum in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Thelionema caespitosum in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Glenelg Plain present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Otway Plain present native
Warrnambool Plain 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
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Otway Ranges present native
Strzelecki Ranges present native
Monaro Tablelands present native
Victorian Alps present native
Snowy Mountains present native

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Western Australia
South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory