Short-leaf Early Nancy
|Class:||Plants (Plantae) - Land Plants (Charophyta) - Land Plants (Equisetopsida) - Other Small Plants|
|Family:||Spikelily and Allies (Colchicaceae) iNaturalist Observation|
|Species:||Short-leaf Early Nancy (Wurmbea dioica ssp brevifolia)|
|Other names:||Harbinger of Spring or Pink-edged Star-lily|
Thank you Ralph Foster for confirming the id of this species for us
General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA) and elsewhere
What a happy little flowering plant this is.
It's like it's got a target painted on it saying "Look at me, spring is here!"
Very bold, 6 petaled (actually 3 petals + 3 sepals), white flowers rimmed with deep maroon/purple.
With up to 5 or more flowers on one little stem.
It has 3 leaves, one basal, two wrapped from the stem (one in the mid section, the other under the flowers). The higher leaf looks like a hand holding the flower stem.
It's been 10 years since we've seen one of these flowers and were so pleased to find them on Ellura.
The top leaf being truncated at the point of narrowing is diagnostic. However, you need to ensure it hasn't been eaten!
In the photo "Patch of Fruiting Females" you can see all the short upper leaves (hence ssp brevifolia), which are starting to dry & yellow.