J. Adelaide Bot. Gard. 24: 28 (2010) APNI
Threat status:Victoria: endangered (e)
Flowering stem erect, wiry, straight, 7–10 cm tall, c. 1 mm diam., green to purplish. Leaf filiform, terete, 3–5 cm long, 1–2 mm wide, obscurely canaliculate, sheathing at base, green with a purplish base. Inflorescence 1(–2)-flowered. Sterile bracts 2. Perianth segments lanceolate to ovate, 5–7 mm long, deep blue with reddish tones. Column slender, 3–4 mm long, purplish, mid-lobe expanded into hood over the anther, tubular, inflated, narrow at the base, widening abruptly towards the apex, curved, purplish brown, with little or no hoary bloom, apex deeply v-notched, yellow; lateral lobes converging or more or less parallel, 1–2 mm long, digitiform or laterally compressed, porrect or obliquely erect, each with a sparse shaggy toothbrush-like arrangement of cream or yellow hairs embracing the mid-lobe. Anther inserted towards middle of column, shortly beaked. Flowers Oct.–Nov.
DunT, GipP, Glep, GGr, OtP, VVP, Wim. Also SA. Grows in damp heathy flats and seepage areas usually in peaty white sands.
Flowers are self-pollinating and only open on warm, humid days.
|Bioregion||Occurrence status||Establishment means|
|Victorian Volcanic Plain||present||native|