Proiphys cunninghamii (W.T.Aiton ex Lindl.) Mabb. APNI*
Synonyms: Eurycles cunninghamii W.T.Aiton ex Lindl. APNI*
Description: Herb with bulb to 5 cm diam.
Leaves few; lamina ovate, 10–25 cm long and 6.5–13 cm wide, margins flat, apex acute or short-acuminate, base rounded to shallowly cordate; petiole 8–25 cm long.
Scape 25–80 cm high; umbel 5–12-flowered; involucral bracts 2 or 3, 15–50 mm long; pedicels 10–35 mm long. Perianth white; tube 7–16 mm long; lobes 10–20 mm long. Corona 10–20 mm long, the expanded filaments united for 12–16 mm; lobes recurved.
Fruit 10–20 mm diam.
Flowering: late spring to early summer.
Distribution and occurrence: Grow in wet sclerophyll forest and on rainforest margins, usually on clay-loams; coastal districts north from Glenugie Peak.
NSW subdivisions: NC
Other Australian states: Qld
The 'seeds' are bulbils formed by the replacement of the embryo by adventitious shoot and root development and thickening of the ovule integuments. Normal seed development has not been observed.
Text by G. J. Harden & N. Frischknecht
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.