Aristea ecklonii Baker APNI*
Description: Herb to 70 cm high.
Basal leaves 3–11, linear to falcate, 10–60 cm long, 5–11 mm wide, usually thin and subleathery, venation moderately pronounced, leaf bases usually red; cauline leaves 2–5, smaller.
Scape compressed, slightly winged; spathe bracts 5–14 mm long, apex finely acuminate and green to rusty brown, margins hyaline, rusty brown; inner bracts similar, slightly smaller. Flowers in loose panicle, opening for a few hours only, pedicels 2–10 mm long. Perianth c. 12 mm long; tube very short, green; outer lobes about two-thirds the size of inner ones, bright blue. Style unbranched or shortly 3-lobed. Capsule oblong, triquetrous, c. 20 mm long; seeds numerous, c. 1.5 mm long, circular and angular-compressed, surfaces reticulate.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in disturbed woodland; recorded in the Sydney region. Native of S & trop. W Afr.
NSW subdivisions: *NC, *CC, *SC
Other Australian states: *Vic.
Text by T. A. James & E. A. Brown
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 4 (1993)
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