Common name: Tufted Blue Lily
Thelionema caespitosum (R.Br.) R.J.F.Hend. APNI*
Synonyms: Stypandra caespitosa R.Br. APNI*
Thelionema caespitosa APNI*
Stypandra juncinella Gand. APNI*
Description: Perennial herb 30–90 cm high; tufts 0.5–20 c. across at base.
Leaves 2–12 mm wide.
Inflorescence with 2 or 3 major branches and to 7 minor branches; lower bracts leaf-like, upper subulate. Tepals 8–13 mm long, 3–7-veined, deep blue to white or pale yellow. Anthers 2–4 mm long; filaments 3.5–5.5 mm long. Style 2.8–5.5 mm long.
Capsule ± obovoid, triquetrous above, 4–10 mm long, 1.8–4.5 mm diam.; seeds 2.5–3.5 mm long, smooth.
Distribution and occurrence: Widespread and variable, apparently hybridizing with the other 2 species. White or yellow flowers are most common at higher altitudes.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, NT, CT, ST
Other Australian states: Qld Vic. Tas. S.A. N.T.
Widespread and variable, apparently hybridizing with the other 2 species. White or yellow flowers are most common at higher altitudes.
Text by K. L. Wilson
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 4 (1993)
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