Dianella atraxis R.J.F.Hend.
Henderson, R.J.F. () Flora of Australia 45: 476. Type: Queensland, Kuranda, 31 Jan. 1962, L.J.Webb & J.G.Tracey 5695; holo: BRI.
Dianella; Lily, Northern Flax; Northern Flax Lily
Grows to a height of 1-1.5 m but often flowers and fruits when smaller.
Inflorescence arising from the centre of the plant and often attaining a height of 1 m or more above the ground. Tepals in two similar whorls. Outer tepals (sepals) about 6-7 mm long. Inner tepals (petals) about 5-6 mm long. Stamens six, filaments with a yellow swelling just below the anther. Anthers about 3-4 mm long. Ovules about 6-8 per locule. Style filiform, stigma minute.
Seed remaining attached to the seedling by a thread-like appendage. First leaves longitudinally channelled, base sheathing the stem and giving the seedling a fan-like appearance. At the tenth leaf stage: leaves basal, produced one after another out of the base of the previous leaf. Margin finely serrate with numerous small projecting teeth. Venation longitudinal and parallel to the midrib. Midrib finely serrate on the underside of the leaf blade. 'Petiole' sheathing, about 4.5 cm long. Leaves produced in two rows in one plane (distichous). Seed germination time 71 days.
A large clump forming plant with blue flowers. It is slowly being introduced to cultivation.