Thysanotus patersonii R.Br.

Twining Fringe Lily

Prodr. 284 (1810) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Plants with twining stems, usually many-branched, prostrate or climbing to c. 1 m high, stems quadrangular in section. Roots with plump tubers 2–5 cm long, sessile or almost so. Leaves basal, 1–2, linear-filiform, erect, 10–20 cm long, 1–2 mm wide, infrequently produced. Inflorescence a sparse panicle or flowers solitary and terminal on branches; flowers purple; perianth segments spreading, 8–11 mm long, fringe on petals 0.5–1 mm long; stamens equal, shorter than the perianth segments. Seeds c. 1 mm diam. Flowers Aug.–Nov.

Brid, CVU, DunT, EGL, EGU, GipP, Glep, Gold, GGr, HNF, HSF, LoM, MuF, MuM, NIS, OtP, OtR, Strz, VAlp, VRiv, VVP, WaP, WPro, Wim. Also WA, SA, NSW, ACT,  Tas. A widespread and locally common plant across most of the State, but rare in the far east. Occurs in many vegetation types but not tall forests, wet or saline communities.

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, 2017-12-18
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Lilianae
order Asparagales
family Asparagaceae
genus Thysanotus
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Thysanotus patersonii in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Thysanotus patersonii 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
Victorian Riverina present native
Murray Fans 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
Wilsons Promontory present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Otway Ranges present native
Strzelecki Ranges present native
Victorian Alps present native

State distribution

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Western Australia
South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory