Tiny Star

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Hypoxis glabella


Diminutive lily with dark green grass-like leaves and tiny brilliant yellow, star-shaped flowers to 2 mm across.


Details
Flora Type
Lilies, orchids
Distinctive Features

Hairless leaves and stem. Two short sheathing leaf-like bracts on the flower stem.

Biology

Perennial. Damp rocky sites. Tolerates some inundation. Widespread in grassland and woodland and ephemeral herbfields. Damp soils in dry sites and tolerates some inundation.

Native Status
Native
Flowering Time

Jul-Sep

Taxonomy
Class
Magnoliopsida (Flowering Plants)
Genus
Hypoxis
Species
hygrometrica

The small fleshy roots were eaten by Aboriginal people. Flowers close in dull weather. Plant dies off after summer to resprout after rain from a bulbous edible tuber.


Interesting Facts
Native Status
Native