Dianella callicarpa G.W.Carr & P.F.Horsfall

Swamp Flax-lily

Muelleria 8: 366 (1995) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: rare (r)

Tufted plants to c. 1.9 m high, sometimes spreading by rhizomes to form loose colonies. Leaves erect to spreading, sheathing and often reddish at base, lamina flat or margins slightly recurved, 30–80(–160) cm long, 8–20 mm wide, rather harsh-textured and glossy above, discolorous, margins and abaxial midrib irregularly and minutely serrate-scabrous. Inflorescence generally far exceeding leaves; panicle more-or-less ovoid, 25–50 cm long, rather sparse; pedicels recurved, 3–11 mm long. Flowers c. 15–19 mm wide, sweet-scented, perianth segments 6.5–9 mm long, 3–4.5 mm wide, distinctly recurved, spreading to recurved, lilac to mauve; stamens c. 6 mm long, filaments kinked, c. 2.5 mm long when straightened, filament swellings (strumae) orange-yellow, shorter than the 3.5–5 mm long yellow (ageing to brown) anthers. Berry ovoid to globular, 6–18 mm long; seeds smooth, black, shiny, c. 3 mm long, 2 mm wide. Flowers Oct.–Feb.

DunT, Glep, GGr, VVP, WaP. Occurs in grassland, woodland and swamp-scrub, mostly on clay soils derived from basalt, but also on sandier soils. Recorded from e.g. Grampians, Hamilton and Portland areas.

Created by: Neville Walsh, 2017-02-21
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Lilianae
order Asparagales
family Asphodelaceae
genus Dianella
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Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <http://avh.chah.org.au>. Find Dianella callicarpa in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Dianella callicarpa in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Glenelg Plain present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Warrnambool Plain present native
Greater Grampians present native
Dundas Tablelands present native

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