Common name: Wand Flower, Elfin Wands
Dierama pulcherrimum (Hook.f.) Baker APNI*
Description: Erect herb, 1–1.2 m high; corms 3–4 cm diam.
Leaves several-many, rather lax and grass-like, 50–90 cm long, 5–10 mm wide, many-veined, glabrous.
Scape terete, 0.9–1.8 m long; branches 4–8 or more, each 2–6-flowered, filiform, pendent, subtended by subulate bracts 2–3 cm long; floral bracts 2–3.5 cm long, acute, whitish, finely striate, brown flecked throughout but becoming lighter towards margin, becoming torn. Perianth light to dark magenta-pink or deep purple-red; tube 10–15 mm long; lobes obovate to elliptic, 23–35 mm long.
Capsule globose, 3-lobed, c. 7 mm diam., papery.
Distribution and occurrence: in moist, well-drained soils in full sun; doubtfully naturalized in the Blue Mtns. Native of S Afr.
NSW subdivisions: *CT
Text by T. A. James & E. A. Brown
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 4 (1993)
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