Bulbine crassa D.I.Morris & Duretto

Muelleria 22: 93 (2005) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: rare (r)

Robust, tufted perennials to 50 cm high, perennating by off-sets around the flowering shoot. Roots fleshy. Leaves erect, channelled or plano-convex, grey green, to 50 cm long and 30 mm wide at base. Inflorescence erect, 1 or 2 per plant; scape 7–10 mm diam. at base; flowers yellow; perianth segments 12–13 mm long; stamens shorter than perianth segments, subequal, anthers greenish, filaments of inner stamens longer, densely bearded below the anther, filaments of outer stamens glabrous or with sparse simple hairs below the anther. Capsule globose, 5–7 mm long; seeds wrinkled, narrowly winged, 3.0–3.5 mm long. Flowers Sept.–Feb.

WPro. Also Tas. Known from Wilsons Promontory and surrounding islands, where plants occur near sea-level in rocky areas and in crevices of granite boulders subject to salt-spray.

Bulbine crassa has features in common with both B. semibarbata and B. glauca, with specimens previously assigned to these two species. The 3 glabrous (or nearly-so) staminal filaments is shared with B. semibarbata. However, the large robust perennial habit resembles that of B. glauca.   

Created by: Andre Messina, 2014-11-18
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2019-04-29
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Lilianae
order Asparagales
family Asphodelaceae
genus Bulbine
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Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <http://avh.chah.org.au>. Find Bulbine crassa in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Bulbine crassa in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Wilsons Promontory present native

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