Borya mirabilis Churchill

Grampians Pincushion Lily

Muelleria 6: 6 (1985) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Endemic

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:EPBC: endangered (EN); Victoria: endangered (e); listed in Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988

Plants tufted, stems erect or ascending to 15 cm high. Leaves linear, firm but pliant, clustered toward stem apices, 10–16(–22) mm long, c. 0.5 mm wide, base tapering gradually from the sheath which is pale brownish with fine cottony hairs on upper margin, lamina glabrous, apex pungent. Scapes 3–7 cm long, simple; head ovoid, 6–10 mm long, 4–8 mm wide, 4–12-flowered with 3–15 linear, pointed bracts to 13 mm long; flowers white, perianth tube c. 6 mm long; lobes linear, c. 6 mm long. Fruits and seeds unknown. Flowers Sep.–Oct.

GGr. Endemic. Endemic in the Grampians and there restricted to an extremely small area in the Wonderland Range on an exposed sandstone outcrop. One of Victoria's most endangered endemic plants, being known only from a single population, perhaps not reproducing by seed (ovules are produced but have not been observed to mature viable seeds).

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.
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Lilianae
order Asparagales
family Boryaceae
genus Borya
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Borya mirabilis in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Borya mirabilis in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Victorian Volcanic Plain present cultivated
Greater Grampians present native

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