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Iphigenia indica (L.) Kunth
Family Colchicaceae
Iphigenia indica (L.) Kunth APNI*

Description: Herb 20–40 cm high; stem simple or sparsely branched.

Leaves mostly crowded along stem, linear or gradually tapering, flat or channelled, 5–20 cm long, 1.5–4.5 mm wide, glabrous.

Inflorescence 1–4-flowered; pedicels erect, usually 5–20 mm long at anthesis; bracts 1-several per flower. Tepals linear, 5–10 mm long, acute, dark red or reddish brown. Stamens less than half as long as tepals; filaments glabrous; anthers c. 1 mm long, purple.

Capsule c. 20 mm long and 5 mm diam.

Distribution and occurrence: in grassy understorey in eucalypt woodland; recorded for the Drake district.
NSW subdivisions: NC
Other Australian states: Qld W.A. N.T.
AVH map***

This species is relatively uniform over most of its range, but plants from southern Qld and N.S.W. have more crowded leaves, shorter pedicels and longer capsules. More collections are required to ascertain if these plants should be recognized as a subspecies.

Text by G. J. Harden
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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