Thysanotus juncifolius

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Fringe-lily
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Fringe-lily at Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, Australia
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Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Monocots
Order: Asparagales
Family: Asparagaceae
Subfamily: Lomandroideae
Genus: Thysanotus
Species:
T. juncifolius
Binomial name
Thysanotus juncifolius
(Salisb.) J.H.Willis & Court

Thysanotus juncifolius, known as the fringe-lily, is a perennial herb endemic to Australia. The species name juncifolius refers to the “rush leaves”. [1]

Unlike the similar Thysanotus tuberosus it lacks basal leaves. Small leaves may be seen along the lower stems. The habitat is eucalyptus woodland or forest, as well as moist heath areas, often in thick undergrowth. It grows to around half a metre high.

Flowers form in spring and summer. [2] The three petaled flowers are mauve on a much branched inflorescence, with frilly edges. Flowers last only one day. [3] They are among the more colorful wildflowers in south eastern Australia. The fruiting capsule is around 4 mm in diameter.

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References

  1. Les Robinson - Field Guide to the Native Plants of Sydney, ISBN   978-0-7318-1211-0 page 235
  2. "Thysanotus juncifolius". PlantNET - NSW Flora Online. Retrieved 12 December 2010.
  3. "Lane Cove National Park wildflowers - Pea Flowers, Orchids, Lilies & Irises".