Australian native mystery

Mary Sue Ittner
Mon, 13 Sep 2010 10:46:33 PDT
Dear Roland,

I wondered if that plant could be a Wurmbea. That was my other idea. 
But there are 30 species of that genus endemic to Australia according 
to the latest volume of Encyclopaedia of Australian Plants and they 
only picture a few and it didn't look like any of them. The Wurmbea 
biglandulosa picture in that book shows a pink subspecies. The 
description of that species says there are pink nectaries situated a 
third of the way from the base which I couldn't see in your picture.…

On my first trip to Australia I often thought I had FINALLY figured 
out different plants only to be told repeatedly that I was wrong 
since there are so many species and field guides only select a few to 
illustrate.  Knowing where the plant was seen becomes really helpful 
for making an accurate identification.

I'm glad I was able to help you sort it out.

Mary Sue
>Family: Colchicaceae
>Wurmbea biglandulosa
>Early Nancy

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