Thysanotus juncifolius (Salisb.) J.H.Willis & Court

Branching Fringe Lily

Muelleria 1: 45 (1956) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Stems mostly dichotomously branched, to c. 60 cm tall, rather rigid, ridged but smooth, arising from a short, knotty rhizome; roots without tubers. Leaves few, basal, or absent, subterete, 6–8 cm long. Umbels 1–5-flowered, terminal on branches, rarely with a few sessile below; perianth segments spreading, 10–12 mm long (rarely more), pink to mauve; fringe on petals 1–2 mm long; stamens shorter than perianth segments, anthers curved, 3 outer 2–3 mm long, 3 inner 6–8 mm long. Flowers Oct.–Jan.

EGL, EGU. Also SA, Qld, NSW. Confined to wettish heathland in the far east (Mallacoota area, Maramingo Creek near the NSW border).

Apart from characters noted in key and descriptions, Thysanotus juncifolius usually has finer, weaker and more intricately branched stems, shorter petal fringes and longer anthers than T. racemoides. Populations from western Victoria formerly included in T. juncifolius have been segregated to T. racemoides Sirisena, T.D.Macfarl. & Conran..

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, 2017-11-30

Sirisena, U.M.; Macfarlane, T.D. & Conran, J.G. (2013). Thysanotus racemoides (Asparagales: Asparagaceae), a new species form South Australia and western Victoria, Telopea 15: 206-208.

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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Lilianae
order Asparagales
family Asparagaceae
genus Thysanotus
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Thysanotus juncifolius in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Thysanotus juncifolius in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native

State distribution

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South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory