Baluk Willum Nature Conservation Reserve, Belgrave

Baluk Willum Nature Conservation Reserve, Belgrave

by Linda Richmond


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Description

Tall plant with beautiful blue flowers with purplish tinge ot the outer surface of sepals. Yellow pollinia was visible at the tip of the column. Stigmatic surface showed a dense tuft of white hairs. Leaves were erect and narrow ( not seen here).
Spotted in semi-shade in a reserve with eucalypts and natives - dry sclerophyll forest.
The flowers bloom in October and November.

Date & Time

  2014-10-30 12:43 PM

Location

-37.946076 , 145.3478 : 143.08 m

Near Belgrave South VIC 3160, Australia

Discussion

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  1. Chris Lindorff  Hi Leuba. This species is not part of the pauciflora complex, but rather appears to be T. ixioides or possibly the hybrid named T. truncata.

    Reply • 07 Mar 2015

    • Leuba Ridgway  Thank you for the information Chris. I have spotted T.ixioides in the same area but it had dark spots. Is this a variant / or should I leave it at the genus level? Please advise. Thanks again.

      Reply • 07 Mar 2015

  2. Chris Lindorff  It can be variably spotted or even spotless. The character to concentrate on is the column, whereby here the column mid lobe has numerous sausage like glands. Hybrids of ixioides make it hard sometimes. With this one, I would go with ixioides. There a faint spots which are never present in pauciflora or nuda groups. Cheers.

    Reply • 07 Mar 2015

    • Leuba Ridgway  Thank you for the clarification Chris. I see some faint spots on at least one petal !!

      Reply • 08 Mar 2015