Common name: Blueberry Lily, Blue Flax-Lily
Dianella revoluta R.Br. APNI*
Description: Perennial herb to 1 m high, tufted and solitary, or mat-forming; roots fibrous.
Leaves to 85 cm long; sheath conduplicate, ± completely occluded; blade 4–12 mm wide.
Inflorescence exceeding foliage; cymules expanded, 2–9-flowered; perianth mid to dark blue or violet; outer tepals 5.5–10 mm long, 5–7-veined; inner tepals 5.2–9.5 mm long, 5-veined. Stamens with filament swellings 0.6–2.3 mm long, yellow; anthers pale brown to almost black.
Berry 4–10 mm long.
Flowering: chiefly spring–summer.
Distribution and occurrence: Widespread.
Grows in sclerophyll forest, woodland and mallee.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, NT, CT, ST, NWS, CWS, SWS, NWP, SWP, SFWP
Other Australian states: Qld Vic. Tas. S.A. W.A.
Text by K. L. Wilson (1993); edited KL Wilson (June 2022)
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW vol. 4 (1993); based on R. Henderson (1987) Flora of Australia vol. 45
| ||Key to the varieties|| |
|1||Margins of leaves revolute, smooth; veins on blade regular, closely packed and strongly papillose, occasionally masking veins; berry blue. Tufted to mat-forming herb; clumps to 150 cm diam. at base. Leaves often glaucous, rarely reddish at base||var. revoluta|
|Margins of leaves flat or slightly recurved, with scattered, irregular, fragile cilia-like teeth c. 1 mm long and pallid towards apex; veins on blade regular and closely packed or occasionally irregular and separated by up to a vein's breadth, not papillose; berry purple. Tufted herb; clumps to 30 cm diam. at base. Leaves glaucous, usually purplish red towards base||var. vinosa|
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