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Family: Asparagaceae
Thysanotus juncifolius

Citation: J.H. Willis & Court, Muelleria 1:45 (1956).

Synonymy: Chlamysporum juncifolium Salisb., Parad. Lond. t. 103 (1805-8); T. dichotomus sensu J. Black, Fl. S. Aust. 192 (1943), non (Labill.)R. Br.

Common name: Rush fringe-lily.

Perennial, with a small (c. 1 cm diam. and 2-3 cm long) rhizome, with few fine fibrous roots; leaves all radical, 0-3, 6-8 cm long, more or less terete; stems 25-62 cm tall, leafless, striate, shortly hirsute near the base, becoming glabrous above, occasionally entirely glabrous; bracts at the nodes appressed, c. 5 mm long towards the base, decreasing above to c. 2.5 mm long; stems ascending, branching monopodially, occasionally 2 or 3 branches together, branches not usually again branched.

Branches terminating in umbels, rarely further sessile umbels below the terminal one; umbels l-5-flowered, enclosed within bracts similar to the cauline bracts, c. 2 mm long; inner bracts membranous, 1- or 2-veined, veins dark-coloured; pedicels 6-11.5 mm long, elongating in fruit; remaining erect; perianth-segments 10-14 mm long, outer series oblong, membranous-edged, mucronate; inner series 4-6 mm wide, fimbriate; stamens 6; anthers 3 long (6-9 mm), 3 short (3-4 mm).

Capsule cylindrical, 4.5-6 x 2.5-3 mm; seeds black with a yellowish aril.

Published illustration: Clyne et al. (1976) Australian wildflowers, 14.

Distribution:    Qld; N.S.W.; Vic.

Conservation status: native

Flowering time: Oct. — Jan.

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