Plant of the Month — October 2003
Thysanotus multiflorus R.Br. — Many-flowered Fringe Lily
Growing to a height of half a metre, this attractive Fringe Lily has narrow, glabrous leaves and bears its flowers in terminal many-flowered umbels. The small flowers have quite elaborate purple petals with a shiny central spine and a margin of long fringing hairs which readily distinguishes the genus and provides its common name.
Thysanotus multiflorus is common from the Swan Coastal Plain and the Darling Range around Perth to the Stirling Ranges and Albany in the south, growing in woodlands or Jarrah forests on sandy, gravelly, lateritic soil and flowering from August to January.
Fringe lilies have a disconcerting habit of closing in the early afternoon. Tubers are absent in this species, however it is easily propagated by seed, to be found in the dehiscent capsular fruit.
Photo: J. Scott
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