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Calostemma purpureum R.Br.
Family Amaryllidaceae
Common name: Garland Lily

Calostemma purpureum R.Br. APNI*

Synonyms: Calostemma carneum Lindl. APNI*
Calostemma luteum Sims APNI*

Description: Clump-forming herb; bulb usually 2–6 cm diam.

Leaves linear, to 60 cm long, 5–18 mm wide.

Scape to 50 cm long; umbel 10–30-flowered; involucral bracts 2–10 cm long, yellow, pink or purple; pedicels to 12–30 mm long. Perianth pink, purple or yellow rarely white, yellow or pink at base; tube 5–13 mm long; lobes 9–21 mm long. Corona 5–13 mm long, lobed, notched or truncate between filaments, pink or yellow. Anthers 1.5–3.5 mm long.

Capsule 6–14 mm diam.

Photo Brian Toft


Flowering: January–April

Distribution and occurrence: Grows in woodland and shrubland, often along watercourses and on seasonally flooded clay flats, and in rocky sites; west from Baan Baa - Gunnedah districts.
NSW subdivisions: NWS, CWS, SWS, NWP, SWP, NFWP
Other Australian states: Qld Vic. S.A.
AVH map***

C. luteum is treated as a synonym of this; it is said to differ in having larger yellow flowers and is sometimes treated as a separate species for this reason (e.g. Telford 1987). However, there appears to be much overlap in size and colour of flowers - further study is needed.

Text by G. J. Harden & N. Frischknecht (1993); edited KL Wilson (Oct 2007; April 2009; April 2012)
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 4 (1993)

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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