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Thysanotus tuberosus

Thysanotus tuberosus

The wildflowers of southeastern Australia must be near their peak since David M. aka petrichor@Flickr of Sydney continues to find intriguing plants to share (original via BPotD Flickr Group Pool). Once again, don't forget to visit David's weblog, Kipili.com.

Fringed lily or fringe lily is another one of those lily-relative plants that taxonomists have difficulty placing in a particular family. I've seen it listed in the Liliaceae (ASGAP), the Asphodelaceae (Plants for a Future Database), the Anthericaceae (New South Wales Flora Online), and, what seems to be currently accepted by the Angiosperm Phylogeny Group (and a family I don't think I've heard of before), the Laxmanniaceae. One day, perhaps, all of these vexing taxonomic problems will be resolved and a stable portrait will emerge.

The web page by the Association of Societies for Growing Australian Plants (ASGAP) suggested above explains the scientific name of the plant: Thysanotus is derived from the Greek thysanotos, meaning fringed; tuberosus is from the Latin tuberculum, or a swelling. The latter name refers to the underground tubers, illustrated on the NSW Flora page linked-to in the second paragraph.

12 Comments

Fantastic flower. Color and form.

BETTER THAN ORCHIDS.. THANK YOU YET AGAIN

Beautiful! Do the fringes have any known function?

Thysanotus tuberosus - Z10 - RHS Index of Garden Plants, Griffiths

Wowwwww.....what a beauty!!

Made me think of Gypsy Rose Lee--Vegas showgirls--Les Follies Bergère. Surprising what pops into one's head when viewing Botany Photo of the Day!

the flower is open for only one day
and is she not an o'keefe flower
i do hope some kind of archive
can be saved of past images
as flowers and plants become
in danger and not to be seen again

i read in the papers and on line that the usa
my home lost perhaps 32 million trees from
katrina and rita and all this means in so many
areas of our lives thank you

i need to correct the last comment
tis 320 million trees in just mississippi
and louisiana this may be released today
journal of Science

I am in total envy and the color is out of this world.

Stunning colour, my favourite! Thank you.

WOW! It's gorgeous!! Never seen anything like it!!

Just to beautiful, and the color is fantastic.
Thank you

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