New population emerged, after J.icilius disappeared 2+ weeks ago. Today I saw 12+ individuals throughout rail reserve. This individual flew around & fed in Gorse. All had tails. See also observation 2400.
Growing beside the nature trail at the south west end of Baluk Willam Flora and Fauna Reserve Belgrave South. About 20cm tall with 3-4 small leaves wrapped around the stem like the one shown. No basal leaves evident.
Several plants in full flower in remnant mallee by the side of the Hopetoun Walpeup Rd. Leaves to about 80cm flower spikes to about 60cm. Leaves very rough to the touch. One of the blues butterflies feeding on nectar.
Flowers in Autumn (Apr - Jun), favours heathland and woodland with heath under-story usually in sandy soil.
This species often grows in large colonies and flowers prolifically only after fire.
This form is very unusual.