Plants of the Castlemaine District
Glaucous Flax-lily - native (Dianella sp. aff. longifolia (Benambra))
Family: Asphodelaceae. Formerly included in the Liliaceae (Lily family).
Other names: Formerly included in D. longifolia.
Occurrence: Widely scattered.
- it forms small, loose tussocks
- the leaves are variably bluish (glaucous) on both sides
- the leaves are without strongly raised veins and are fairly thin, so that they are not held stiffly erect
- the leaves are more or less flat or shallowly V-shaped
- the flowers open early to mid-morning (compared with mid-afternoon for Dianella tarda).
- the anther appendages are bright yellow or orange-yellow.
It differs from the D. tarda in that D. tarda has small dense tussocks, deeply channeled (V-shaped) leaves which are stiffly erect, and which has flowers that open in mid-afternoon.
VROTS: vulnerable. Listed under the Fauna and Flora Guarantee Act.
Photos 1, 2: Glaucous Flax-lily. Walmer.