Lilies & Irises Lilies & Irises in the Canberra Region Download PDF version

Within Canberra Nature Map, this group includes any herbaceous monocot that has prominent flowers in which the flower parts are in two whorls. Monocots have one seed leaf compared to two in dicotyledons. Mature plants are recognised by parallel longitudinal veins in their often narrow leaves and by having flowers parts in threes or multiples of three.

Identification is largely on differences in flower parts, the number of flowers borne at each part of the stem from which a leaf is attached or on the form of basal leaves. Ideally records for lilies and irises should include close-up photographs of the flowers and basal leaves and a shot that shows flower arrangement along the stem. 

There are around 65 lilies and irises in the wider Canberra region, with about a quarter of all species being introduced plants from overseas. Most of the naturalised species, such as Jonquill, Grape Hyacinths and Freesia are largely confined to former settlements, with only Onion Grass being a major weed.

The more commonly observed species within this group include the Yellow Rush Lily, Bulbine Lily, Nodding Blue Lily and Early Nancy. Plants of the later either bear male or female flowers so it really should be called Early Nancy and Ned.

Vulnerable to grazing many of the native species are relatively uncommon including Milkmaids, Blue Grass-lily, Pale Flax-lily, Twining Fringe-lily and Wire lilies. New locations of any of these species are particularly encouraged to be reported via Canberra Nature Map.  

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Agapanthus praecox subsp. orientalis
Agapanthus praecox subsp. orientalis
Agapanthus praecox subsp. orientalis
Allium triquetrum
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Aloe sp.
Aloe sp.
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Aneilema acuminatum
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Arthropodium fimbriatum
Arthropodium fimbriatum
Arthropodium fimbriatum
Arthropodium milleflorum
Arthropodium milleflorum
Arthropodium milleflorum
Arthropodium minus
Arthropodium minus
Arthropodium minus
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Arthropodium strictum
Arthropodium strictum
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Arum italicum
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Astelia psychrocharis
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Blandfordia nobilis
Blandfordia nobilis
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Bulbine bulbosa
Bulbine bulbosa
Bulbine bulbosa
Bulbine glauca
Bulbine glauca
Bulbine glauca
Bulbine semibarbata
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Bulbine sp.
Bulbine sp.
Bulbine sp.
Burchardia umbellata
Burchardia umbellata
Burchardia umbellata
Caesia calliantha
Caesia calliantha
Caesia calliantha
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Caesia parviflora var. minor
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Commelina cyanea
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Crinum pedunculatum
Crinum pedunculatum
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Crocosmia x crocosmiiflora
Crocosmia x crocosmiiflora
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Dianella caerulea var. caerulea
Dianella caerulea var. caerulea
Dianella caerulea var. caerulea
Dianella congesta
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Dianella longifolia var. longifolia
Dianella longifolia var. longifolia
Dianella longifolia var. longifolia
Dianella revoluta var. revoluta
Dianella revoluta var. revoluta
Dianella revoluta var. revoluta
Dianella sp.
Dianella sp.
Dianella sp.
Dianella tasmanica
Dianella tasmanica
Dianella tasmanica
Diplarrena moraea
Diplarrena moraea
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Freesia alba x Freesia leichtlinii
Freesia alba x Freesia leichtlinii
Freesia alba x Freesia leichtlinii
Gladiolus gueinzii
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Hypoxis hygrometrica
Hypoxis hygrometrica
Hypoxis hygrometrica
Hypoxis hygrometrica var. hygrometrica
Hypoxis hygrometrica var. hygrometrica
Hypoxis hygrometrica var. hygrometrica
Hypoxis hygrometrica var. villosisepala
Hypoxis hygrometrica var. villosisepala
Hypoxis hygrometrica var. villosisepala
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Ipheion uniflorum
Ipheion uniflorum
Ipheion uniflorum
Iris germanica
Iris germanica
Iris germanica
Iris pseudacorus
Iris pseudacorus
Iris pseudacorus
Iris unguicularis
Iris unguicularis
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Laxmannia gracilis
Laxmannia gracilis
Laxmannia gracilis
Leucojum aestivum
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Libertia paniculata
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Lilium formosanum
Lilium formosanum
Lilium formosanum
Muscari armeniacum
Muscari armeniacum
Muscari armeniacum
Narcissus tazetta
Narcissus tazetta
Narcissus tazetta
Nothoscordum borbonicum
Nothoscordum borbonicum
Nothoscordum borbonicum
Ornithogalum thyrsoides
Ornithogalum thyrsoides
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Patersonia fragilis
Patersonia fragilis
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Patersonia glabrata
Patersonia glabrata
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Patersonia sericea
Patersonia sericea
Patersonia sericea
Patersonia sericea var. longifolia
Patersonia sericea var. longifolia
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Patersonia sericea var. sericea
Patersonia sericea var. sericea
Patersonia sericea var. sericea
Patersonia sp.
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Romulea rosea var. australis
Romulea rosea var. australis
Romulea rosea var. australis
Schelhammera undulata
Schelhammera undulata
Schelhammera undulata
Sisyrinchium iridifolium
Sisyrinchium iridifolium
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Sisyrinchium sp. A Flora of Australia (A.S. George 4260) Australian National Herbarium
Sisyrinchium sp. A Flora of Australia (A.S. George 4260) Australian National Herbarium
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Sowerbaea juncea
Sowerbaea juncea
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Sparaxis tricolor
Sparaxis tricolor
Sparaxis tricolor
Stypandra glauca
Stypandra glauca
Stypandra glauca
Thelionema caespitosum
Thelionema caespitosum
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Thelionema umbellatum
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Thysanotus juncifolius
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Thysanotus patersonii
Thysanotus patersonii
Thysanotus patersonii
Thysanotus tuberosus subsp. tuberosus
Thysanotus tuberosus subsp. tuberosus
Thysanotus tuberosus subsp. tuberosus
Tradescantia fluminensis
Tradescantia fluminensis
Tradescantia fluminensis
Tricoryne elatior
Tricoryne elatior
Tricoryne elatior
Tritonia gladiolaris
Tritonia gladiolaris
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Watsonia meriana
Watsonia meriana
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Wurmbea dioica subsp. dioica
Wurmbea dioica subsp. dioica
Wurmbea dioica subsp. dioica
Xyris sp.
Xyris sp.
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