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Family Iridaceae

Thysanotus tuberosus Common Fringe Lily

A very striking and pretty plant, with slender branched stems up to 50cm tall bearing bright purple flowers. The three petals have frilly edges. Individual flowers only last a day, but the plant continues to produce flowers over several months. The plant has a few basal grass-like leaves, which die off at flowering time.

Habitat: sandstone soils, in open forest and heath.

Flowering: Spring to early summer

Distribution: Widespread in Sydney. Found in most of New South Wales except the dry inland, and also in Queensland, Victoria and South Australia.

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