Flower with a Bee
|Class:||Plants (Plantae) - Land Plants (Charophyta) - Land Plants (Equisetopsida) - Other Small Plants|
|Family:||Asparagus (Asparagaceae) iNaturalist Observation|
|Species:||Mallee Fringe-lily (Thysanotus baueri)|
|This Photo:||Flower Closing|
|Other name:||Fringed Violet|
Thank you Ralph Foster & Alan Dandie for confirming the id of this species for us
General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA), the Riverland and elsewhere
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
Similar Species: Twining Fringe-lily (Thysanotus patersonii)