Common name: Pale Vanilla-lily
Arthropodium milleflorum (DC.) J.F.Macbr. APNI*
Synonyms: Arthropodium paniculatum (Haw.) R.Br. APNI*
Description: Perennial herb; tubers ellipsoidal, 2–3 cm long.
Leaves 1–17, 3–60 cm long, 1–17 mm wide, ± erect, usually glaucous.
Scape usually simple to 4-branched, 24–120 cm long; sterile bracts to 14 cm long; flowers usually 2–9 per node; pedicels spreading to pendent, 5–15 mm long, articulate 1.5–8 mm from flower; bracts ± scarious, 1.5–8 mm long. Tepals 7–10 mm long, rotate to slightly reflexed, white to pale blue or pink; outer tepals 1.3–3.5 mm wide; inner tepals 2.5–6 mm wide, not frimbriate. Anthers 1–2 mm long, white; filaments 3–4.5 mm long, densely hairy towards anther, hairs near anthers purple. Style 3.5–6 mm long.
Capsule 4–5 mm diam.
Flowering: chiefly Nov.–Feb.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in a variety of habitats; widespread.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, NT, CT, ST, NWS, CWS, SWS, ?NWP, ?SWP
Other Australian states: ?Qld Vic. Tas. S.A.
Text by J. G. Conran, S. McCune & D. W. Hardin
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 4 (1993)
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