Arthropodium from the Greek 'arthron' meaning a joint and 'podion' meaning a little foot, alluding to the jointed pedicels. Fimbriatum from the Latin 'fimbriatus' meaning fringed, referring to the wavy margin of the petals.
Distribution and status
Found in the southern part of South Australia from Lake Eyre south to the lower South-east. Also found in Western Australia, Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria. Native. Common in South Australia. Uncommon in Queensland. Common in other States.
Herbarium regions: Gairdner-Torrens, Flinders Ranges, Eyre Peninsula, Northern Lofty, Murray, Yorke Peninsula, Southern Lofty, Kangaroo Island, South Eastern
NRM regions: Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges, Eyre Peninsula, Kangaroo Island, Northern and Yorke, South Australian Arid Lands, South Australian Murray-Darling Basin, South East
AVH map: SA distribution map (external link)
Stiff, erect, often unbranched lily to 80cm high, with long fibrous roots ending in fusiform tubers. Leaves to 8cm long and 2mm wide, linear. Inflorescence forming a loose raceme or panicle with short bracts at the base of each branch, with 2-4 blue or violet, rarely white flowers in the axil of each bract; drooping, scented; anthers dark-purple, the 2 appendages much shorter, yellow. Fruits are pale-brown ovoid capsule to 15mm long containing numerous seeds. Seeds are black, sectoroid or pyramidal seed to 2mm long and 2mm wide, with smooth or slightly wrinkled surface. Seed embryo type is linear fully developed.
Seed collection and propagation
Collect seeds between January and February. Collect mature capsules, those that are turning a pale straw colour and contain black seeds. Can collect individual capsules or break off the whole spike. Place the capsules in a tray and leave to dry for two weeks. Then rub the capsules gently by hand to dislodge the seeds. Use a sieve to separate the unwanted material. Store the seeds with a desiccant such as dried silica beads or dry rice, in an air tight container in a cool and dry place. From one collection, the seed viability was high, at 100%.
|Location||No. of seeds|
|13,500 (12.28 g)|
13,500 (12.28 g)