Common name: Blue Ginger
Dichorisandra thyrsiflora J.C.Mikan APNI*
Description: Erect or scrambling herb, to c. 1 m high.
Leaves oblong-lanceolate, mostly 15–30 cm long, 5–13 cm wide, glabrous, acuminate, shortly petiolate or subsessile; sheath 2–2.5 cm long, ciliate at the orifice.
Inflorescence to 30 cm long with spreading, few-flowered branches. Outer tepals purplish; inner tepals broad-obovate, equal, 12–16 mm long, deep blue. Stamens mostly 6, 4 with short filaments and large anthers, 2 with longer filaments and shorter anthers.
Flowering: late summer to autumn.
Distribution and occurrence: A garden escape, sparingly naturalized in the Duranbah area (far North Coast). Native of Brazil.
NSW subdivisions: *NC
Text by Peter G. Wilson
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 4 (1993)
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