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Wurmbea latifolia T.D.Macfarl.
Family Colchicaceae
Wurmbea latifolia T.D.Macfarl. APNI*

Description: Herb 5–15 cm high, dioecious.

Leaves 3, either well separated and lowest leaf filiform or linear, to 2 mm wide, middle and upper leaves successively shorter and with dilated bases or occasionally lower 2 leaves basal, similar, narrow- to broad-linear or lanceolate, upper leaf distant; lowest leaf 1.5–8 mm wide.

Male inflorescence open, well exserted; female inflorescence similar or short, dense and sometimes concealed between basal leaves; flowers 2–9. Tepals 5–11 mm long, white; nectary 1 per tepal, about a third from base, a raised, transverse band, occasionally with a partial or complete but narrow break at middle, white or faint purple. Stamens third to half as long as tepals; anthers 1–1.5 mm long, purple.

Capsule 2.5–4 mm long.


Flowering: late winter to spring.

Distribution and occurrence: Grows in heavy soils in inland districts; south from Dubbo district.
NSW subdivisions: ST, CWS, SWS, SWP
Other Australian states: Vic. Tas.
AVH map***

Text by G. J. Harden
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 4 (1993)

N.S.W. occurrences are: subsp. latifolia

APNI* Provides a link to the Australian Plant Name Index (hosted by the Australian National Botanic Gardens) for comprehensive bibliographic data
***The AVH map option provides a detailed interactive Australia wide distribution map drawn from collections held by all major Australian herbaria participating in the Australian Virtual Herbarium project.
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