Common name: Club-fruit Lily, Sand Lily
Corynotheca licrota R.J.F.Hend. APNI*
Description: Tufted, herbaceous or shrub-like, rhizomatous perennial; roots fibrous.
Leaves linear, to 60 cm long, persistent during flowering; lamina flat or complicate.
Inflorescence to 70 cm high; peduncle erect; major branches divergent; lowest branch 10–25 c. from rhizome; racemules ± straight, erect or ascending, 15–30 cm long; internodes to 2 cm long; flowers in clusters of 2–6; lower bracts linear subulate, to 20 cm long; uppermost bracts < 1 mm long; pedicels 1–3 mm long. Perianth 5–6 mm long, white to pale yellow; outer tepals oblong; inner tepals elliptic, emarginate. Stamens with filaments straight; anthers usually 0.5–0.8 mm long.
Capsule pendent, ovoid to obovoid, to 7.5 mm long; seeds 1–5, 2–2.5 mm long, smooth, shallowly pitted or ± wrinkled, ± shiny; caruncle irregular, the lobes free, antler-like.
Flowering: winter and summer.
Distribution and occurrence: Usually grows in low rainfall areas on sandy plains.
NSW subdivisions: NWP, NFWP, SFWP
Other Australian states: Qld Vic. W.A. S.A. N.T.
Text by S. McCune & D. W. Hardin
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 4 (1993)
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