Glabrous herbs to c. 25 cm high; corms less than 1 cm long, with a fibrous tunic. Roots fleshy. Leaves linear, angular to subulate, 2–25 cm long, c. 0.5–1 mm wide. Inflorescences 1–4, 2.5–20 cm long, bracteoles 2, narrow-linear, 2–18 mm long. Flowers 1 or 2 per inflorescence, 5–7 mm wide; perianth lobes spreading; stamens shorter than the perianth, alternating long and short; ovary 1–3 locular, 2.5–-7 mm long. Capsule ellipsoid, 3–7 mm long; seeds numerous, 0.5–1 mm diam. Flowers Jul.–Sep.
Brid, CVU, DunT, EGL, EGU, GipP, Glep, Gold, GGr, HNF, HSF, LoM, MuF, MuM, NIS, OtP, OtR, VAlp, VRiv, VVP, WaP, Wim. Widespread through grassland, low grassy forests and in ephemeral herbfields (e.g. on periodically inundated, but otherwise dry soils) throughout most of lowland western and northern Victoria, but virtually absent from the east, with isolated occurrences at Mitcham, Jamieson and Murrindal near Buchan.
Pauridia glabella var. leptantha (Benth.) R.J.F. Hend. is endemic in south-western WA and differs only slightly from the typical in the relatively longer mature capsule (at least 4 times as long as wide; cf. up to c. 3.5 times as long as wide in var. glabella).
Plants are sometimes observed setting seed without the flowers opening, suggesting apomixy or cleistogamy.
|Bioregion||Occurrence status||Establishment means|
|Victorian Volcanic Plain||present||native|
|Central Victorian Uplands||present||native|
|Northern Inland Slopes||present||native|
|East Gippsland Lowlands||present||native|
|East Gippsland Uplands||present||native|
|New South Wales|