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Ornithogalum thyrsoides Jacq.

Hort.Bot.Vindob. 3:17-18,Tab.28 (1776)
Conservation Code
Not threatened
Naturalised Status
Alien to Western Australia
Name Status

Bulbaceous, perennial, herb, to 0.3 m high. Fl. white, Oct to Nov. Sand. Disturbed sites.

Grazyna Paczkowska, Descriptive Catalogue, 28 June 1994


IBRA Regions
Avon Wheatbelt, Esperance Plains, Geraldton Sandplains, Jarrah Forest.
IBRA Subregions
Fitzgerald, Katanning, Lesueur Sandplain, Northern Jarrah Forest, Southern Jarrah Forest.
Local Government Areas (LGAs)
Broomehill-Tambellup, Coorow, Cranbrook, Kalamunda.

Management Notes (for the Swan NRM Region)

General Biology. Growth form. Geophyte. Life form. Bulb. Reproduction. Bulbils, seed. Dispersal. Water. Fire response. Generally survives fire. Fire appears to stimulate flowering.

Notes. Poisonous to horses and cattle if ingested.

Additional information. Origin. South Africa. History of use/introduction. Garden escape.

Management Calendar

Calendar Type Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Comments
Dormant Y Y Y               Y Y  
Active Growth       Y Y Y Y Y Y Y      
Flowering                 Y Y Y    
Fruiting                   Y Y Y  
Optimum Treatment               Y Y Y      

Legend: Y = Yes, regularly, O = Occasionally, U = Uncertain, referred by others but not confirmed.



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