Sowerbaea juncea Andrews

Rush Lily

Bot. Repos. 2: t. 81 (as Sowerbia juncea) (1800) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: rare (r)

Plants tufted, to c. 60 cm high, shortly rhizomatous. Roots non-tuberous. Leaves erect, linear, subterete to terete, 5–50 cm long, c. 1–2 mm wide. Inflorescence an umbel, 1.5–3.5 cm wide, subtended by several ovate, papery bracts to c. 8 mm long; pedicels 5–7 mm long. Flowers 20–40 per umbel, pink or purplish; perianth segments spreading, elliptic, 5–8 mm long, the inner whorl slightly longer than outer and thinner-textured; fertile stamens 3.4–5 mm long, alternating with 3 staminodes of approximately equal length. Capsule 2–3 mm long, with 3–6 black, angular and minutely verrucose seeds, 2–2.5 mm long. Flowers Aug.–Dec.

EGL, EGU, GipP, HSF, Strz, WPro. Also Qld, NSW, Tas. Locally common in damp, near-coastal heath and woodland communities in the far east (from near Mario to the NSW border) with scattered, disjunct occurrences in the northern part of Wilsons Promontory and areas between Traralgon and Sale south to near Yarram.

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 Sowerbaea
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Sowerbaea juncea in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Sowerbaea juncea in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Gippsland Plain present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Wilsons Promontory present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Strzelecki Ranges present native

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New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory