Laxmannia orientalis Keighery

Dwarf Wire-lily

Fl. Australia 45: 492 (1987) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Plants tufted, stems erect, often stilt-rooted, to 15 cm high. Leaves linear, 8–25 mm long, 1–2 mm wide, sheath fimbriate at apex. Umbel 3–7-flowered, peduncle mostly to c. 5 mm long and decurved, rarely virtually erect and to c. 35 mm long; involucral bracts linear-oblong, c. 5 mm long; sepals 4–5 mm long, red-brown; petals spreading, 3–4 mm long, white; anthers shorter than perianth segments; ovules 6; capsule globose, 2–3 mm diam. Seeds 2–3 mm long. Flowers Sep.–Nov.

CVU, DunT, EGL, EGU, GipP, Glep, Gold, GGr, HSF, LoM, OtP, OtR, Strz, VVP, WaP, WPro, Wim. Also SA, Tas. Widespread on sandy soils in lowland heath and woodland communities, mostly in the south (e.g. Portland area, Anglesea, Cranbourne, Walkerville, Bairnsdale district, Mallacoota), but extending to the Big Desert in the north-west, and to c. 1200 m altitude on Mt William in the Grampians. Some collections from western Victoria (e.g. Grampians, Casterton) are atypical in having rather long-pedunculate umbels and in this respect resemble L. gracilis (to which they were previously referred) but are separable from that species in the white petals which are shorter than the sepals.

Source: Conran, J.G.; Walsh, N.G. (1994). Laxmannia. 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 Laxmannia
Higher taxa


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

State distribution

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Western Australia
South Australia
New South Wales