Australian native mystery

bulborum botanicum
Mon, 13 Sep 2010 11:08:06 PDT
Maybe it is not biglandulosa
My friend is not a botanist
so maybe it is an other one
he does not have access to all literature
but thought it was this one


2010/9/13 Mary Sue Ittner <>

> 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
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