Thysanotus tuberosus

Common Name:

Common Fringe-lily



Distribution (from Flora of Victoria):

Wannon, Grampians, Midlands, Otway Plain, Eastern Highlands, Gippsland Plain, Wilsons Promontory, East Gippsland (DEJKNPRTWZ) also SA, Qld, NSW
Map - Australasian Virtual Herbarium

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

Lowland forest, heathland 1

Flower Description:

Purple 2


Deciduous lily to 60 cm tall 3

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 habit 1
There are two subspecies, both in Victoria, however only subsp. tuberosus is found at the Prom.


Image: David Meagher

Links to more images:

Atlas of Living Australia MELU

Links to description of this species:

NSW Flora VicFlora

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1 Ellis, M. (unpublished).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.