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Bulbine alata Baijnath
Family Asphodelaceae
Common name: Bulbine Lily, Native Onion

Bulbine alata Baijnath APNI*

Description: Annual herb, 11–45 cm high, with fibrous roots.

Leaves 10-many, 2–30 cm long, to 3 mm diam., glabrous, glaucous, basal 1–3 c. of leaves 4–16 mm wide.

Scape several-many, terete, 4–20 cm long, 0.5–2 mm diam.; raceme 3–30 cm long, to 30 flowers; pedicels 0.5–18 mm long; bracts 1–8 mm long, 1–4 mm wide. Tepals 4–5.5 mm long, 1–2 mm wide, fused at base for c. 2 mm. Stamens unequal, outer ones c. 3 mm long, inner ones c. 5 mm long, all with red hairs at base of anther; anthers 0.5–1.5 mm long, gold. Ovules 2 per loculus; stigma entire.

Capsule 4–9 mm long; seeds pyramidal often with transverse ridges on all faces, c. 2 mm diam. with wing 0.5 mm wide, black with opaque wing.


Flowering: July–November

Distribution and occurrence: Grows on open floodplains and sandplains, exposed stony hillsides, claypans and sandy creek beds; north from Hay district.
NSW subdivisions: NWS, CWS, NWP, SWP, NFWP, SFWP
Other Australian states: Qld S.A. W.A. N.T.
AVH map***

Hybrizes with B. semibarbata.

Text by D. C. Godden
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 4 (1993)

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***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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