Mallee Fringe-lily
Flower with a Bee
Ellura
Mallee Fringe-lily
Flowers Closing
 
    
Mallee Fringe-lily (Thysanotus baueri)Class: Plant (Plantae) - Other Small Plants
Order: Asparagales
Family: Asparagus (Asparagaceae)
Species: Mallee Fringe-lily (Thysanotus baueri)
This Photo:     Flower Closing
Other name: Fringed Violet

General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee)
A small single stemmed herb. Leaves are like grass and die off early. While the flowers look as though they have 6 petals, in actual fact they have 3 striped sepals (paler and thinner) and 3 striped petals. The strange petals with tassels (fimbriae - latin for fringes) are lilac in colour. The flowers
ONLY LAST A FEW HOURS!
So I was very popular when we saw a lot of them about 100m from the car and I said "I'll photograph those tomorrow"; because I was tired at the time.
It's quite bizarre when you realise there were 20+ plants all flowering at the same time, just for that one day. Fortunately; another 5 popped up in the same area later and I was able to redeem myself

Copyright © 2012- Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 20-Nov-2012
This species is classed as LC (Least Concern) in the Murray Mallee, by DENR (Regional Species Status Assessments, July 2010)