Chamaescilla corymbosa var. corymbosa

Blue Stars

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Plants to c. 25 cm tall. Roots tuberous; tubers elongate, c. 2–3 cm long. Base of plant usually sheathed by fibrous leaf remnants. Leaves usually prostrate, 5–20 cm long, 2–12 mm wide, lower margins often reddish. Inflorescence erect, corymbose, 2–10 (rarely single)-flowered; pedicels subtended by 1 or 2 small, ovate-triangular bracts. Perianth segments spreading, equal, elliptic, 8–10 mm long, bright sky-blue, prominently 3-nerved; stamens shorter than perianth segments. Capsule obcordate, 5–10 mm long, the 3 lobes laterally compressed. Seeds 1.5–2 mm diam. Blue Stars, Mudrurt (Koorie name). Flowers Aug.–Oct.

Brid, CVU, DunT, EGL, EGU, GipP, Glep, Gold, GGr, HNF, HSF, LoM, MuM, NIS, OtP, OtR, Strz, VRiv, VVP, WaP, WPro, Wim. WA, SA, Tas. Occurs on seasonally damp or wet, sandy or alluvial soils supporting woodland and heath-land; locally common in western Victoria as far north as the Little Desert, but scattered and uncommon from Western Port east to the border (Wilsons Promontory, Lakes Entrance, Mt Raymond).

All eastern-State representatives of the species have been referred to var. corymbosa, but Henderson (1987) indicated that Victorian plants with only 1- or 2-flowered panicles (e.g from the far south-west and Dunolly area) may approach the West Australian var. paradoxa (Endl.) R. Henderson.

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, 2020-10-21
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Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Chamaescilla corymbosa var. corymbosa in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Chamaescilla corymbosa var. corymbosa 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
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

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Western Australia
South Australia