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Caesia calliantha R.J.F.Hend.
Family Anthericaceae
Caesia calliantha R.J.F.Hend. APNI*

Description: Tufted, glabrous herbaceous perennial; rhizome simple; roots fibrous, most with fusiform tubers 1–4 cm long towards tips.

Leaves 8–50 cm long, 1.5–15 mm wide; sheath ± papery.

Inflorescence 15–70 cm high; axis simple or 1-several-branched; lower bracts to 40 cm long; flowers in clusters of 1–3, the lowest subtended by linear subulate bracts to 6 cm long; upper bracts linear to ovate attenuate, down to 2 mm long, pedicels slender, 8–12 mm long. Tepals narrow-elliptic, 6–10 mm long, usually blue or purple with darker veins. Stamens 3–5 mm long; anthers 0.9–1.2 mm long; filaments narrow-fusiform.

Capsule strongly 3-lobed, 4–8 mm diam.; seeds 1.5–2 mm diam., colliculate often with irregular low tubercles, dull.


Habitat
Photo J. R. Hosking

Habit
Photo Tanja Lenz

Flower
Photo J. R. Hosking

Other photo
Photo J. R. Hosking

Herbarium
Sheet

Flowering: spring–summer.

Distribution and occurrence: Usually grows in grassy understorey of sclerophyll forest on damp sandy or clay soil; south from Glen Innes district.
NSW subdivisions: NT, ST, NWS, SWS, NWP
Other Australian states: Vic. Tas. S.A.
AVH map***

Text by S. McCune & D. W. Hardin
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 4 (1993)


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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