Common name: Pale Grass-lily
Caesia parviflora R.Br. APNI*
Description: Tufted, glabrous herbaceous perennial; rhizome branched; roots clustered, ± fleshy-fibrous or narrow-tuberous.
Leaves to 40 cm long, 1–8 mm wide; sheath ± scarious.
Inflorescence 10–55 cm high; axis slender, few-branched; lower bracts to 20 cm long; flowers in clusters of 2–6, the lowest subtended by short subulate bracts to 1 cm long; upper bracts subulate, down to 1.8 mm long; pedicels slender, 3–10 mm long. Tepals narrow-elliptic, 3–8.5 mm long, greenish white to blue. Stamens to 4.5 mm long; anthers 0.5–2.1 mm long; filaments fusiform.
Capsule strongly 3-lobed, to 5 mm diam.; seeds 1.3–2.3 mm diam., granulate, sparsely tuberculate, dull.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in heath, woodland and dry sclerophyll forest on sandstone-derived soils; west to Carabost area.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, NT, CT, NWS, CWS, SWS
Other Australian states: Qld Vic. Tas. S.A. W.A.
Distinction between var. vittata and var. parviflora is unclear. Live material is needed for positive identification. Some herbarium material identified as var. parviflora may represent var. vittata, and their distributions given here may not represent their true geographic ranges.
Text by S. McCune & D. W. Hardin
| ||Key to the varieties|| |
|1||Plant usually >20 cm high; primary inflorescence branches ascending; flowers white to blue; tepals to 8.5 mm long.||2|
|Plant usually <20 cm high; primary inflorescence branches widely divergent, often horizontal but ascending apically; flowers mainly white, also blue or purple; tepals <5 mm long. Leaves to c. 2 mm wide||var. minor|
|2||Flowers white to pale pink or blue, often with veins outlined in green or purple; filaments greenish white throughout. Leaves to 5 mm wide||var. parviflora|
|Flowers blue with darker veins; filaments blue often with transverse white bands. Leaves to 8 mm wide|
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