Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Stem erect with wiry roots. Rhizomes present. Leaves alternate, 5–17 mm long, c. 0.5 mm wide, glabrous except for margin which is often scabrid; basal sheath straw-coloured; apex pungent to subobtuse. Inflorescence 1-flowered, terminal. Flowers bisexual, sessile, surrounded by dry, membranous bracts; perianth shining metallic blue or purple; stamens inserted at base of perianth lobes, anthers exserted, often turning orange, red or brown; ovary 1-locular, ovules 3; style exserted, turned to one side, longer than stamens, stigma simple. Fruit indehiscent; seed 1, spindle-shaped, c. 5 mm long.

11 species, 10 endemic in south-western WA and 1 endemic in south-eastern SA and western Victoria.

Source: Conn, B.J. (1994). Xanthorrhoeaceae. 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: Val Stajsic, 2019-06-24
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Lilianae
order Arecales
Higher taxa
genus Calectasia
Subordinate taxa