Thysanotus tuberosus

Common name: 

Common Fringe-lily


(alternate family: Liliaceae)

Distribution (from Flora of Victoria):

Wannon, Grampians, Midlands, Otway Plain, Eastern Highlands, Gippsland Plain, Wilsons Promontory, East Gippsland (DEJKNPRTWZ) also SA, Qld, NSW

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Distribution and ecological preference at Wilsons Promontory (if known):

Lowland forest, heathland1

Flower description:



Deciduous lily to 60 cm tall3

Distinguishing characteristics (within family/genus):

This genus is distinctive when in flower due to the bright purple colour and fringing of the petals. Thysanotus tuberosus is distinguished from T. patersonii by its erect tufted habit1
There are two subspecies, both in Victoria, however only subsp. tuberosus is found at the Prom.

Image of Thysanotus tuberosus
Image of Thysanotus tuberosus Image: David Meagher
Conservation status:

Thysanotus tuberosus subsp. parviflorus is poorly known in Victoria


1 Ellis, M. (unpublished). “A Field Guide to South Gippsland Flora”.
2 Walsh, N. G. and Entwisle, T. J. “Flora of Victoria”, volumes 2 (1994), 3 (1996) and 4 (1999). Inkata Press, Port Melbourne, Victoria
3 Meagher, D. and Kohout, M. (2001). “A field guide to Wilsons Promontory”. Oxford University Press, South Melbourne, Vic.