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Dianella caerulea var. protensa R.J.F.Hend.
Family Phormiaceae
Dianella caerulea var. protensa R.J.F.Hend. APNI*

Description: Leaf sheaths more than two-thirds occluded distally, ± biconvex in cross section in that region. Leaves not glaucous; true stems to 1.8 m long; inflorescence from conical to narrow-cylindrical in outline, continuous or interrupted Stems leafy for most of their length; no extravaginal shoots Leaf sheaths minutely but densely pubescent or papillose; plants forming tufts usually <0.5 m diam.; mature leaves increasing in size upwards; perianth pale to dark blue Aerial shoots adjacent or up to 30 cm apart, to 0.5 m tall. Plant tufted, solitary, to 0.5 m high; stems elongating somewhat, with scales then leaves increasing in size upwards, to 30 cm apart. Cymules ± expanded, 3–5-flow


Habit
Photo D. Hardin

Flower
Photo D. Hardin

Distribution and occurrence: Grows in sclerophyll forest, on sandy soils, from sea level to c. 1000 m alt.; north from Nowra.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, NT, CT
Other Australian states: Qld
AVH map***

Text by K. L. Wilson
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 4 (1993); based on R. Henderson (1987) Flora of Australia vol. 45


APNI* Provides a link to the Australian Plant Name Index (hosted by the Australian National Botanic Gardens) for comprehensive bibliographic data
***The AVH map option provides a detailed interactive Australia wide distribution map drawn from collections held by all major Australian herbaria participating in the Australian Virtual Herbarium project.
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