Mallee Fringe-lily
Flower Open
Mallee Fringe-lily
Flower with a Bee
Mallee Fringe-lily (Thysanotus baueri)Class: Plants (Plantae) - Land Plants (Charophyta) - Land Plants (Equisetopsida) - Other Small Plants
Order: Asparagus (Asparagales)
Family: Asparagus (Asparagaceae)     iNaturalist Observation
Species: Mallee Fringe-lily (Thysanotus baueri)
This Photo:     🔍Darker Flower Open🔎
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
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)

Copyright © 2022-2023 Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 27-Nov-2022
This species is classed as LC (Least Concern) in the Murray Mallee, SA, by DENR (Regional Species Status Assessments, July 2010)