Burchardia umbellata R.Br.


Prodr. 273 (1810) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Herb, 10–65 cm high. Leaves 1–2, linear, channelled, somewhat fleshy, mostly 10–30 cm long, 3–6 mm wide. Scape simple or rarely with 1 branch. Umbel 2–9-flowered, subtended by as many linear bracts (to c. 1 cm long) as there are flowers; flowers sweetly scented; pedicels to c. 3 cm long; tepals ovate to obovate, 6–12 mm long, spreading, white on inner face, usually pinkish externally; stamens as long as tepals, anthers pink or purple. Capsule ellipsoidal, beaked, prominently 3-angular, 8–15 mm long. Seeds numerous, minutely granular, 1.5–2.5 mm long. Flowers Jul.–Oct.

Brid, CVU, DunT, EGL, EGU, GipP, Glep, Gold, GGr, HNF, HSF, LoM, MuM, NIS, OtP, OtR, SnM, Strz, VAlp, VRiv, VVP, WaP, WPro, Wim. Also SA, Qld, NSW, ACT, Tas. Widespread and locally abundant in heathland, grassland and lightly forested country in all but the far north and north-west and alpine areas.

The tuberous roots were used for food by Koories.

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: Val Stajsic, 2019-01-15
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Lilianae
order Liliales
family Colchicaceae
genus Burchardia
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <http://avh.chah.org.au>. Find Burchardia umbellata in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Burchardia umbellata in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
Murray Mallee present native
Wimmera present native
Glenelg Plain present native
Bridgewater present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Victorian Riverina 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
Victorian Alps present native
Snowy Mountains present native

State distribution

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South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory