Common name: Nodding Blue Lily
Stypandra glauca R.Br. APNI*
Synonyms: Stypandra latifolia Gand. APNI*
Stypandra imbricata R.Br. APNI*
Stypandra grandiflora Lindl. APNI*
Description: Tufted perennial herb, to > 1 m across at base; aerial stems often flowering when < 30 cm high, shrub-like in later seasons, usually to c. 1.5 m high, usually with many extravaginal branchlets.
Leaves 0.5–15 mm wide; base sheathing, equitant and open above.
Lower bracts ovate, stem-clasping; upper bracts when present linear-subulate. Tepals 8–16 mm long, usually 5-veined, deep blue to white. Anthers 1–2 mm long.
Capsule obovoid-triquetrous, 3–12 mm long; seeds 1.5–3 mm long.
Flowering: chiefly spring.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in sclerophyll forest and woodland; widespread, especially in eastern half of the State.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, NT, CT, ST, NWS, CWS, SWS, NWP, SWP, NFWP, SFWP
Other Australian states: Qld Vic. W.A. S.A.
Morphologically variable, variation apparently correlated with stage of growth. May be toxic to livestock if eaten when flowering.
Text by K. L. Wilson
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 4 (1993)
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