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Genus Diplarrena Family Iridaceae

Description: Densely tufted, rhizomatous, evergreen perennials.

Basal leaves equitant, linear, sword-shaped, flat, glabrous, finely striate. Scape erect, terete, with 2–4 reduced leaves; inflorescence capitate, enclosed by a pair of opposite herbaceous spathe bracts; spathes 3–6-flowered.

Flowers zygomorphic. Tepals unequal, free, clawed; outer tepals spreading; inner tepals oblong, shorter, 2 spreading, the third hooded over the stamens. Fertile stamens 2; filaments free, unequal. Ovary cylindrical, enclosed in spathe; style filiform, entire; stigma 3-lobed.

Capsule exserted; seeds numerous, flattened.


Photo © ANBG

Distribution and occurrence: World: 2 species, endemic Australia. Australia: N.S.W., Vic., Tas.

Text by T. A. James & E. A. Brown
Taxon concept:

One species in NSW: Diplarrena moraea

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