Helmholtzia glaberrima— Stream Lily, Flax Lily—PHILYDRACEAE.

Helmholtzia glaberrima

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Habitat—Grows on steep sides of damp rainforest gullies and along rocky streams.

Distribution—Restricted to the remnants of the Mount Warning Shield Volcano between the Nightcap Range and McPherson Range in Northern New South Wales and Queensland.

Description—Erect caespitose perennial to 2.5 m high.

Local occurrences

Forster/Tuncurry Streets and Tallwoods

Leaves.—Tough, linear, to 2 m long and 7 cm wide.

Helmholtzia glaberrima
Helmholtzia glaberrima

Inflorescence— To 70 cm long, glabrous or sparsely hairy; subtending bracts from c. 25 cm at base of inflorescence to c. 5 mm on apical flowers. Perianth white or pale to deep pink; outer whorl c. 7 to 10 mm long; inner whorl 4 to 5 mm long. Stamen fused to 1 perianth segment only; anther straight. Ovary glabrous; style 3.5 to 4.5 mm long.

Flowering.—Spring to Autumn.

Fruit—Fruit a capsule, to 7 mm long.

Ripe.—Summer to Winter.

Helmholtzia glaberrima