Tuber Fringe Lilies in flower
The Fringe lilies are quite prolific this season and can be seen particularly in the southern section up to Borrman’s Street and around the reservoir at the moment.
The Thysanotus tuberosus ssp tuberosus is many flowered, with each flower opening once. Each flower has three petals and three narrow sepals, with each petal outlined in a fringe. This lily is an annual, growing from tuberous roots, with a few slender leaves. It’s buzz pollinated by local bees, and its anthers are distinctive – three shorter and three longer, generally erect, with a curved style.
The colour is distinctive, mainly purple although some are a little more pink or a little more blue. They flower during the warmer months, primarily from November in the Reserve.
For some interesting information about the Thysanotus species, see this thesis prepared by U. Sirisena (2010)
For a little about pollination, see Footprints in in the pollen by P. Watson (2007) http://anspa.org.au/APOL2007/nov07-1.html
And, for a botanical dscription, see PlantNet Online: http://plantnet.rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au/cgi-bin/NSWfl.pl?page=nswfl&lvl=sp&name=Thysanotus~tuberosus