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Common name: Rush Lily, Vanilla Plant
Sowerbaea juncea Andrews APNI*
Description: Tufted herb to c. 75 cm high.
Leaves semiterete to terete, 5–50 cm long, 0.8–1.8 mm wide; ligule 2.5–12 mm long.
Scapes 8–75 cm long; flower clusters mostly > 20-flowered, 1.5–3.5 cm diam.; outer bracts ± ovate, acute, 4–7.5 mm long, inner bracts fimbriate; peduncle ± robust, usually simple; pedicels 1–14 mm long, spreading to decurved. Tepals lavender to pink to white, ± equal, 5–9 mm long, ± obtuse. Filaments 1.2–1.8 mm long; anthers smooth, 2.5–3.2 mm long; staminodes ± equalling fertile filaments, occasionally with anther vestiges to 0.5 mm long. Style 3.5–4.2 mm long.
Capsule 2–3 mm diam.
Flowering: throughout year.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in heath in damp and intermittently water-logged soils; widespread in coastal districts, inland to the Budawang Ra.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, CT, ST
Other Australian states: Qld Vic. Tas.
Text by S. McCune & D. W. Hardin
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 4 (1993)
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