Yellow Rush-lily (Tricoryne elatior)

So far, the only Yellow-Rush-lilies I have found this year are the ones in this clump.

This year the Spring has been so dry that flowers seem to be behaving in unseasonal ways, including the Yellow Rush-lily which last Summer flowered in February.  Having noted that, I have only found one small group of plants, so perhaps they are growing in a micro-climate that suits them and the others will flower later on.  We had quite a few in a number of places last Summer.

I don’t know a lot about these pretty flowers, so I did a quick Google search. They don’t appear on any of the endangered plant lists, but the distribution map I found on the Atlas of Living Australia shows that sightings occur on only a tiny portion of their historical range.  According to Biodiversity of the Western Volcanic Plains website, the Yellow Rush-lily can flower from October through to February, so perhaps they are not as unseasonal as I originally thought.

An identifying feature of the plant is that the flowers twist after they finish blooming. The fluffy stamens of the open flowers appeal to me – they look so showy for such a tiny plant.  On our place, they mainly grow in grassy areas.


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