Long-leaf Early Nancy
Female, Leaf lengths
Murray-Darling Region, SA
Long-leaf Early Nancy
Female, Middle Leaf
Long-leaf Early Nancy (Wurmbea dioica ssp dioica)Class: Plants (Plantae) - Land Plants (Charophyta) - Land Plants (Equisetopsida)
Order: Lilies (Liliales)
Family: Spikelily and Allies (Colchicaceae)
Species: Long-leaf Early Nancy (Wurmbea dioica ssp dioica)
This Photo:     Female, Basal Leaf
Other name: Early Star-lily

General Species Information:
Found in the Murray-Darling, SA, Adelaide Hills and possibly elsewhere
Notice the 3 leaves; all 3 with significant length past the point where the leaves narrow.
In the "Whole" photo you can see the upper leaf is quite long compared with ssp brevifolia above.
As it turns out the purple patterns are not diagnostic in that the flowers can be totally white. We've not seen this, but variations in thickness, colour and purpled edged petals are all variable within the species.

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This species is classed as RA (Rare) in the Murray-Darling, SA, by DENR (Regional Species Status Assessments, July 2010)