Corynotheca licrota R.J.F.Hend.

Sand Lily

Fl. Australia 45: 474 (1987) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: rare (r)

Plants tufted, to c. 70 cm high. Leaves grass-like, linear, flat, shining, to 60 cm long, often withering early, reduced to bracts on the inflorescence. Inflorescence erect, widely branched. Flowers solitary or in clusters of up to 6, 8–12 mm wide, white to pale yellow; perianth segments spreading, 3.5–5.5 mm long, longer than the stamens, petals emarginate. Capsule pendulous, ovoid to obovoid, to 7.5 mm long. Seeds 1–5 per fruit, 2–2.5 mm long, caruncle with 2 prominent lobes (resembling miniature moose-antlers). Flowers Sep.–Nov.

LoM, MuM, RobP. Inland parts of all mainland states. Known from only a few sites in the northern Sunset Country and Hattah area where occurring on sand dunes with mallee-scrub or Pine-Buloke (Callitris gracilis and Allocasuarina luehmannii) woodland.

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 Asphodelaceae
genus Corynotheca
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Corynotheca licrota in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Corynotheca licrota in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
Murray Mallee present native
Robinvale Plains present native

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Northern Territory
South Australia
New South Wales