Wurmbea dioica

Common name: 

Early Nancy


(alternate family: Liliaceae)

Distribution (from Flora of Victoria):

All regions except Otway Range, Gippsland Highlands, Snowfields (all grids) all States except NT

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

Northern heathlands at the Prom1

Flower description:



Perennial herb to 30 cm high (often less than 10 cm)1,2

Distinguishing characteristics (within family/genus):

This species has 6 petalled flowers with purple anthers. Flowers are borne one above the other on a narrow stalk. There is often a purple band near the base of each petal1,2

Image of Wurmbea dioica
Image of Wurmbea dioica
Image of Wurmbea dioica Image: Mary Ellis
Conservation status:

Not threatened


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