Thismia rodwayi F.Muell.

Fairy Lanterns

Victorian Naturalist 7: 115 (1890)

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: vulnerable (v); listed in Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988

Herb 5–30 mm high, reddish or pink to almost white (including the flower). Scale leaves c. 6, 5–10 mm long, the largest ones just below the flower. Perianth 12–18 mm long, 7–10 mm wide; tube 6–8 mm long, 4–6 mm wide, abruptly narrowed basally; lobes 4–6 mm long; outer lobes recurved; inner lobes curved inwards such that apices touch and elliptical spaces remain between adjacent lobes; stamens included, hanging from a 6-lobed ring at top of the tube, filaments short, red, connective enlarged, membranous and concealing the minute anthers. Fruit becoming thin and transparent distally, and then disintegrating to expose the seeds.

EGU, HSF, OtR. Also Qld, NSW, Tas. New Zealand. A very localized, concealed plant which is very rarely seen. Recorded from the mountains around Melbourne, Tarra Valley National Park, and ?Gorae West near Portland where now presumed extinct. It is restricted to damp humus and leaf-litter in deeply shaded tall forests and fern gullies.

Source: Conn, B.J. (1994). Burmanniaceae. 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 Dioscoreales
family Thismiaceae
genus Thismia
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Thismia rodwayi in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Thismia rodwayi in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Otway Ranges present native

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New South Wales