H. Eichler, Taxon 12:296 (1963). Australian lilaeopsis.
Synonymy: Crantzia polyantha Gand., Bull. Soc. Bot. Fr. 65:31 (1918); [C. australasica F. Muell., First gen. Rep. Vegetation Col. Victoria 13 (1853), nora. nud.; C. australica F. Muell. ex Klatt, Linnaea 29:714 (1859), in synonymy]; L. australica A.W. Hill ex J. Black, Fl. S. Aust. 440 (1926).
Common name: None
Glabrous perennial with creeping rhizomes with roots and leaves at the nodes; leaves 2 or more at each node, linear or subulate, 2-25 (rarely to 40) cm long, 0.2-2.5 mm broad, cylindrical or more or less flattened and gradually narrowed to the apex, with thin septa.
Peduncles much shorter, 1-3 cm long; umbels mostly 2-6-flowered; pedicels slender, 2-15 mm long; petals usually purplish.
Fruit more or less ellipsoid, c. 1.5-3.5 mm long, c. 1-2 mm broad; mericarps with rather acute dorsal and intermediate ribs and 2 obtuse usually corky lateral ribs next to the commissure; vittae 7-12, including 2-7 on the commissure.
Burbidge & Gray (1970) Flora of the A.C.T., fig. 275; H. Aston (1973) Aquatic plants of Australia, fig. 66; Beadle (1980) Students flora of north-eastern New South Wales, fig. 269A.
In wet places, swamps, margins of lakes, mostly in freshwater, sometimes also in brackish places; sometimes submerged.
S.Aust.: EP, MU, SL, KI, SE. Qld; N.S.W.; Vic.; Tas.
Flowering time: Oct. — May.
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