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Useful Tropical Plants

Thysanotus tuberosus

R.Br.

Asphodelaceae

+ Synonyms

Chlamysporum tuberosum (R.Br.) Kuntze

Thysanotus elatior R.Br.

Common Name: Common Fringed Lily

Thysanotus tuberosus
The tuberous roots
Photograph by: Fagg, M.
Image credit to Australian National Botanic Gardens
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General Information

Common fringed lily is a stemless perennial plant producing narrow, linear leaves 20 - 60cm long from a cluster of tuberous roots.
The edible root is sometimes harvested from the wild for local use.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

154
Title
Flora of Victoria.
Publication
 
Author
Ewart. A. J.
Publisher
University Press; Melbourne
Year
1930
ISBN
 
Description
A flora of eastern Australia, it is rather short on information that is useful to the plant project.
,
200
Title
The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992.
Publication
 
Author
Huxley. A.
Publisher
MacMillan Press
Year
1992
ISBN
0-333-47494-5
Description
Excellent and very comprehensive, though it contains a number of silly mistakes. Readable yet also very detailed.

Range

Australia - New South Wales, South Australia, Queensland, Victoria and Tasmania; north to New Guinea.

Habitat

Sandy soils in heaths and grassland in the montane zone[
154
Title
Flora of Victoria.
Publication
 
Author
Ewart. A. J.
Publisher
University Press; Melbourne
Year
1930
ISBN
 
Description
A flora of eastern Australia, it is rather short on information that is useful to the plant project.
]. Dry sclerophyll forest, woodland and heath on a variety of soils.

Properties

Edibility Rating *  *
HabitPerennial
Height0.40 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

Found in the warm temperate to tropical zones.
Requires a fertile well-drained sandy loam in a sunny position[
1
Title
RHS Dictionary of Plants plus Supplement. 1956
Publication
 
Author
F. Chittendon.
Publisher
Oxford University Press
Year
1951
ISBN
-
Description
Comprehensive listing of species and how to grow them. Somewhat outdated, it has been replaced in 1992 by a new dictionary (see [200]).
,
200
Title
The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992.
Publication
 
Author
Huxley. A.
Publisher
MacMillan Press
Year
1992
ISBN
0-333-47494-5
Description
Excellent and very comprehensive, though it contains a number of silly mistakes. Readable yet also very detailed.
]. In general, this species has proved to be difficult to maintain in cultivation[
397
Title
Australian Native Plants Society
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://anpsa.org.au/index.html
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
A series of fact sheets on Australian plants. Good photographs, brief description and information on uses, habitat, range, cultivation etc.
].
Most, if not all, members of this genus have edible roots[
193
Title
Wild Food Plants of Australia.
Publication
 
Author
Low. T.
Publisher
Angus and Robertson.
Year
1989
ISBN
0-207-14383-8
Description
Well presented, clear information and good photographs. An interesting read for the casual reader as well as the enthusiast
].

Edible Uses

Root - raw or cooked. A crisp juicy texture but it has very little flavour[
193
Title
Wild Food Plants of Australia.
Publication
 
Author
Low. T.
Publisher
Angus and Robertson.
Year
1989
ISBN
0-207-14383-8
Description
Well presented, clear information and good photographs. An interesting read for the casual reader as well as the enthusiast
].

Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed - does not require any pre-treatment[
397
Title
Australian Native Plants Society
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://anpsa.org.au/index.html
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
A series of fact sheets on Australian plants. Good photographs, brief description and information on uses, habitat, range, cultivation etc.
]. Sow thinly in a sandy compost in a nursery seedbed[
200
Title
The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992.
Publication
 
Author
Huxley. A.
Publisher
MacMillan Press
Year
1992
ISBN
0-333-47494-5
Description
Excellent and very comprehensive, though it contains a number of silly mistakes. Readable yet also very detailed.
]. Grow the seedlings on for their first growing season and then pot them on into individual pots. Plant out when large enough.
Division.
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