Common name: Flax Lily, Stream Lily
Helmholtzia glaberrima (Hook.f.) Caruel APNI*
Description: Erect caespitose perennial to 2.5 m high.
Leaves tough, linear, to 2 m long and 7 cm wide.
Inflorescence to 70 cm long, glabrous or sparsely hairy; subtending bracts from c. 25 cm at base of inflorescence to c. 5 mm on apical flowers. Perianth white or pale to deep pink; outer whorl c. 7–10 mm long; inner whorl 4–5 mm long. Stamen fused to 1 perianth segment only; anther straight. Ovary glabrous; style 3.5–4.5 mm long.
Fruit a capsule, to 7 mm long.
Distribution and occurrence: Restricted to the remnants of the Mt Warning Shield Volcano between the Nightcap Range and McPherson Range.
Grows on steep sides of damp rainforest gullies and along rocky streams.
NSW subdivisions: NC
Other Australian states: Qld
Text by S. W. L. Jacobs: updated Louisa Murray Sep 2011
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 4 (1993)
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