Editor’s pick for our new PoM is the gorgeous little fringe-lily Thysanotus tuberosus (photo above) that we spotted during our July outing to Clemant State Forest.
Thysanotus tuberosus (Asparagaceae) has a wide range in eastern Australia but is not seen often. Being a small plant with slender grass-like leaves, it only stands out while in flower. It is one of about 50 Thysanotus species in Australia but most of them occur only in Western Australia.
Flower colour ranges from the bright purple specimens we saw at Clemant to pale mauve (photo below). Thysanotus tuberosus usually flowers during the warmer months of the year and we thought the July flowers may have been a response to this year’s exceptional rain during our early winter months. Welcome rain! Welcome flowers!