Australian Tropical Rainforest Plants - Online edition

Dianella bambusifolia Hallier f.

Herb (herbaceous or woody, under 1 m tall)
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Flowers [not vouchered]. © G. Sankowsky
Habit and leaves [not vouchered]. © G. Sankowsky
Herbarium specimen. © CSIRO

Hallier, J.G. (1914) Nova Guinea 8: 995, t. 182. Type: Sudwest-Neu-Guinea: Trion-Bai? ZIPPELIUS, Hb. Lugd.-Bat.

Common name

Flax Lily; Lily, flax


Solitary, tufted herb up to 1 m tall; tufts less than 10 mm wide at base, stems up to 80 cm long.


Leaves 11-30 cm long, lamina 16-20 x 1.3-2 cm, flat, attenuate; petioles about 6-7 cm long, winged and V-shaped in transverse section. Leaves arranged in a single plane like a fan. Venation parallel with 4-5 main veins on each side of the midrib. Small serrations on lamina margin and on the midrib below, lamina 2-3 cm wide. Sheaths conduplicate and slightly occluded distally, resembling a petiole, length of the lamina.


Inflorescence exceeding foliage, narrowly cylindrical in outline; cymules condensed, 4-15 -flowered; pedicels 1.5-10 mm long and angular in T.S. Perianth segments elliptic. Sepals 4.5-5.5 mm long and 5-nerved, purple. Petals 3.7-5.2 mm long and 3-nerved, pale blue to white. Filament swelling 0.8-1 mm long, brown. Ovules 4 per locule.


Berry with 4 seeds, 4-7 mm long. Seed 3.8-4.5 mm long, irregularly ribbed laterally; testa granulate, dull to shiny dark brown to black.


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Distribution and Ecology

Occurs in CYP, NEQ and CEQ. Altitudinal range from near sea level to 660 m. Grows in rainforest, vine forest and closed woodland. Also known from New Guinea.

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