Australian Tropical Rainforest Plants - Online edition

Thismia yorkensis Cribb

Herb (herbaceous or woody, under 1 m tall)
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1: flower x4.5; 2: flower in sectional view x4.5; 3: surface cells on outer side of stamen x170; 4: root system x4.5; 5: inner side of stamen x20. © Queensland Naturalist Journal

Cribb, A.B. (1995) Queensland Naturalist 33: 51. Type: Queensland, 16 km. ENE Heathlands Ranger Station, 11 Mar. 1992, A.B. Cribb (?); Holo: BRI.

Common name

Fairy lantern


Plants 4-6.5 cm tall (including the flower or fruit), stem mainly subterranean, 1.5-3 mm diameter. Root system coralloid.


Scale leaves white, without chlorophyll, usually 3 per 'plant'. Each leaf ca. lanceolate, sessile, 2-6 x 1.5-3 mm, appressed to the stem.


Flowers 13-20 mm long. Perianth segments fused together except for three holes 1.5-2 mm diam, each with a basal flap. Perianth with 6 longitudinal ribs. Stamens pendulous, ca. 5 mm long. Ovary 3-4 mm diam. Placentas 3, ovules numerous. Style + stigma 1.5-2 mm long.


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Distribution and Ecology

Occurs in CYP. Known only from a single collection made 16 km east, northeast of Heathlands. Altitudinal range not known, specimen collected at about 150 m.

Natural History & Notes

Plants lack chlorophyll and obtain carbohydrates from other plants by accessing fungal mycorrhizal networks.

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