Caesia alpina Hook.f.

Alpine Grass-lily

Fl. Tasman. 2: 373 (1859) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Plants shortly rhizomatous to c. 20 cm high. Roots fibrous-fleshy. Leaves in tufts, linear, flat, spreading, c. 15 cm long, c. 1–2 mm wide. Inflorescence decumbent, shorter than the leaves, simple or branched. Flowers clustered in bract axils, 5–8 mm wide, greenish-white; perianth segments spreading, longer than stamens. Capsule c. 6 mm wide. Seed c. 2 mm diam. Flowers Jan.–Feb.

HNF, SnM, VAlp. Also NSW, Tas. Relatively rare plant of moist grassland and heath-land in the alps (e.g. Snowy Range, Mt Wellington, Mt Buffalo, Cobbler Lake area, Bogong High Plains).

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: Daniel Ohlsen, 2016-10-07
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Lilianae
order Asparagales
family Asphodelaceae
genus Caesia
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Caesia alpina in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Caesia alpina in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Victorian Alps present native
Snowy Mountains present native

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New South Wales