Schelhammera undulata

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Lilac Lily
Lilac Lily Chatswood West.JPG
Schelhammera undulata, Chatswood West, Australia
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Monocots
Order: Liliales
Family: Colchicaceae
Genus: Schelhammera
Species: S. undulata
Binomial name
Schelhammera undulata
R.Br.
Synonyms

Parduyna undulata (R.Br.) Dandy

Schelhammera undulata, the Lilac Lily is a small plant found in eastern Australia. Widely distributed south of Lismore, New South Wales, though not commonly seen.[1]

The habitat is moist sites on the forest floor, it grows to 20 cm high. Leaves are hairless, egg-shaped to lanceolate in shape 20 to 50 mm long, 7 to 18 mm wide, with wavy edges.[2] Attractive flowers form in spring. The six petals are pink with purple anthers, flowers around 15 mm across. A wrinkled ovoid capsule forms, 2 to 4 mm wide. Inside are a small number of yellow or brown seeds.

The species first appeared in scientific literature in Prodromus Florae Novae Hollandiae in 1810, authored by Robert Brown.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Les Robinson - Field Guide to the Native Plants of Sydney, ISBN 978-0-7318-1211-0 page 234
  2. ^ "Schelhammera undulata". PlantNET - NSW Flora Online. Retrieved 25 September 2010.