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Grass Lily

Murdannia graminea


Murdannia graminea, commonly known as "grass lily, pink grass lily, murdannia, and slug herb" (a slugs' favourite, perhaps? I do like that one), is an Australian native plant and belongs to the family Commelinaceae. It's an erect, slender, and rather delicate-looking perennial herb with thick, tuberous roots, and stems ascending, 10–60 cm high. Flowers just under 2 cm wide with rounded petals, and they can vary in colour from lilac to blue, but rarely white. Widespread in Qld, NSW and NT, usually in moist grassland habitats, and I've read that this species has edible roots. PS: The name of this national park is Girraween, which means "place of flowers".


Spotted along the Peak Trail in Girraween National Park. Dry sclerophyll forest with sandy granite soils, substantial undergrowth and accumulated leaf litter, and foliage much greener and lush since the drought has broken. Well-shaded area along this section of track, and some areas were still damp and muddy from recent rain. Here's some park info -

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Neil Ross
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Neil Ross

Queensland, Australia

Spotted on Mar 7, 2020
Submitted on Mar 22, 2020

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