Dianella tasmanica Hook.f.

Tasman Flax-lily

Fl. Tasman. 2: 57, t. 133A (1858), sensu Fl. Victoria 2:649 (1994) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Tufted plants to c. 1 m high, sometimes spreading extensively by rhizomes. Leaves mostly erect, sheathing at base, the sheath fully occluded below the blade; lamina flat or margins slightly recurved, 20–95 cm long, 1.5–3.5 cm wide, margins and abaxial midrib regularly and prominently serrate-scabrous. Inflorescence subequal to or exceeding foliage; panicle c. narrowly ovoid; pedicels  8–25 mm long. Flowers numerous, 12–19 mm wide, perianth segments 7–9 mm long, spreading to recurved, pale purple to deep metallic blue; stamens shorter than perianth segments, filaments c. 2 mm long, filament swellings (strumae) 2–3 mm long, deep yellow, subequal to or slightly longer than the pale yellow anthers. Berry ovoid to globular, 10–25 mm long, soft, purple and shining, when ripe; seeds 3–4 mm long. Flowers Oct.–Feb.

CVU, DunT, EGL, EGU, GipP, Glep, Gold, GGr, HFE, HNF, HSF, MonT, NIS, OtP, OtR, SnM, Strz, VAlp, VVP, WaP, WPro, Wim. Also NSW, Tas. A frequent component of moist, shaded, usually elevated forests throughout the State. Also common amongst rocks in some sheltered situations away from tall forest (e.g. Stony Rises area near Camperdown).

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.
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 tasmanica in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Dianella tasmanica in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Wimmera present native
Glenelg Plain present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain 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
Wilsons Promontory present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Otway Ranges present native
Strzelecki Ranges present native
Monaro Tablelands present native
Highlands-Far East present native
Victorian Alps present native
Snowy Mountains present native

State distribution

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South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory