Arthropodium fimbriatum R.Br.

Nodding Chocolate-lily

Prodr. 276 (1810) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Plants tufted, to c. 80 cm high. Roots tuberous, tubers slender, usually 2–9 cm distant from rootstock. Leaves narrow-linear, spreading, 5–35 cm long, 1–3 mm wide, usually withered at flowering-time. Inflorescence erect, usually simple, occasionally 1–2-branched. Flowers several in bract axils, usually pendent, mauve or purple, sweetly scented; pedicels to 15 mm long; perianth segments spreading, 5–12 mm long, petals broader than sepals; stamens shorter than perianth segments, anthers purple with purple appendages. Capsule ovoid, c. 4–7 mm long. Seeds c. 2–3 mm long Flowers Sep.–Feb.

CVU, DunT, EGU, GipP, Glep, Gold, GGr, HNF, HSF, LoM, MuF, MuM, NIS, OtP, RobP, VRiv, VVP, Wim. Also WA, SA, NSW. Occurs chiefly in drier plant communities (mallee-scrubs, woodland and grassland) on sandy or shallow, stony ground in central to western Victoria, and elevated ground in the mid-Murray floodplain (e.g. Wyperfeld National Park, Wail, northern Grampians, Mt Terrick Terrick toward Kerang, Whipstick, Rushworth area) but seldom common.

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.
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Lilianae
order Asparagales
family Asparagaceae
genus Arthropodium
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Arthropodium fimbriatum in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Arthropodium fimbriatum 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
Murray Fans present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Otway 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 Uplands present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native

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Western Australia
South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory