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Common name: Slender Wire Lily
Laxmannia gracilis R.Br. APNI*
Description: Erect stilted herb to c. 40 cm high.
Leaves spreading to decurved, linear, mostly 6–75 mm long, 1–2 mm wide, ± long-pungent, margins ciliate; sheath scarious, 4–12 mm long.
Inflorescences 4–17-flowered; scape erect, c. 1–15 cm long; outer bracts 4–7, oblong-ovate, 1–4 mm long, red-brown; inner bracts 1–3 mm long, white to translucent, with divided margins. Flowers pink to white, opening at night. Outer tepals 4–6 mm long; inner tepals 5–8 mm long, loosely tubular. Stamens 3–5 mm long; anthers 0.5–1 mm long.
Capsule ovoid to globose, 2–3 mm diam.
Distribution and occurrence: Usually grows in woodland or open stony areas, on sandstone- or granite-derived soils; widespread, from coastal districts west to Temora.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, NT, CT, ST, NWS, CWS, NWP
Other Australian states: Qld Vic. S.A.
Text by S. McCune & D. W. Hardin
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 4 (1993)
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