Dianella revoluta var. revoluta

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Plants densely or loosely tufted, rhizomatous, sometimes forming dense patches several metres across. Leaves mostly erect, closely sheathing at base, 15–65 cm long, 0.5–1.2 cm wide, usually discolorous, dark green above, glaucous below. Inflorescence subequal to or usually exceeding leaves, to c. 80 (occuasionally to c. 1.4 m high). Flowers 10–20 mm wide, blue to violet; perianth segments spreading to recurved, 5–10 mm long; stamens shorter than perianth segments, filaments kinked, 2–3 mm long, filament swellings (strumae) 1.5–2.5 mm long, yellow, anthers dark brown or black, 2.5–4 mm long. Berry ovoid to obovoid, 5–8 mm long, shining purple; seeds flattened-ellipsoid, c. 4 mm long, black, smooth and shining. Flowers spring to early summer.

CVU, DunT, EGL, EGU, GipP, Glep, Gold, GGr, HNF, HSF, LoM, MonT, MuM, NIS, OtP, RobP, SnM, VAlp, VRiv, VVP, WaP, Wim. As currently circumscribed, occurs in all States (but not N.T.). Occurs through a very wide range of vegetation types and from sea level to the subalps and from mallee to mountain forests.

Dianella admixta Gand. is the name that has most commonly been applied to the most widespread member of the var. revoluta complex in Victoria, but even its distinction from typical D. revoluta (type from Port Jackson, N.S.W.) is not clear.

A robust, densely tufting form with inflorescences 1 m high or more occurs in the Wimmera and Mallee areas and is one of the more distinctive entities in the complex.

Created by: Neville Walsh, 2017-02-03
Updated by: Neville Walsh, 2017-02-22
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Lilianae
order Asparagales
family Asphodelaceae
genus Dianella
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <http://avh.chah.org.au>. Find Dianella revoluta var. revoluta in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Dianella revoluta var. revoluta in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
Murray Mallee present native
Wimmera present native
Glenelg Plain present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Victorian Riverina present native
Robinvale Plains 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
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Monaro Tablelands present native
Victorian Alps present native
Snowy Mountains present native