Western Australia FloraConostylis argentea

Conostylis argentea, known as Silver conostylis (family Haemodoraceae), is rhizomatous, tufted perennial plant species that is endemic to the south-west of Western Australia.

The flowers are white to cream in colour, occasionally violet to purple flowers are seen, appearing from June to August.

Conostylis argentea, Stirling Range National Park / Gnowangerup Shire WA © Terry Dunham
Conostylis argentea, Stirling Range National Park / Gnowangerup Shire WA © Terry Dunham
Conostylis argentea, Stirling Range National Park / Gnowangerup Shire WA © Terry Dunham
Conostylis argentea, Stirling Range National Park / Gnowangerup Shire WA © Terry Dunham

First described in 1961 by John Green as a subspecies, Conostylis androstemma subsp. argentea. In 1987, Stephen Hopper raised it to species status as Conostylis argentea.2

Conostylis argentea, Stirling Range National Park / Gnowangerup Shire WA © Terry Dunham
Conostylis argentea, Stirling Range National Park / Gnowangerup Shire WA © Terry Dunham
Conostylis argentea, Stirling Range National Park / Gnowangerup Shire WA © Terry Dunham
Conostylis argentea, Stirling Range National Park / Gnowangerup Shire WA © Terry Dunham
Conostylis argentea, Stirling Range National Park / Gnowangerup Shire WA © Terry Dunham
Conostylis argentea, Stirling Range National Park / Gnowangerup Shire WA © Terry Dunham
Conostylis argentea, Stirling Range National Park / Gnowangerup Shire WA © Terry Dunham
Conostylis argentea, Stirling Range National Park / Gnowangerup Shire WA © Terry Dunham
Conostylis argentea, Stirling Range National Park / Gnowangerup Shire WA © Terry Dunham
Conostylis argentea, Stirling Range National Park / Gnowangerup Shire WA © Terry Dunham
Conostylis argentea, Stirling Range National Park / Gnowangerup Shire WA © Terry Dunham
Conostylis argentea, Stirling Range National Park / Gnowangerup Shire WA © Terry Dunham
Conostylis argentea, Stirling Range National Park / Gnowangerup Shire WA © Terry Dunham
Conostylis argentea, Stirling Range National Park / Gnowangerup Shire WA © Terry Dunham

  • Scientific Classification
  • Kingdom: Plantae
  • Phylum: Charophyta
  • Class: Equisetopsida
  • Subclass: Magnoliidae
  • Superorder: Lilianae
  • Order: Commelinales
  • Family: Haemodoraceae
  • Genus: Conostylis
  • Species: Conostylis argentea

Footnote & References

  1. Photographs © Terry Dunham
  2. Conostylis argentea (J.W.Green) Hopper, Atlas of Living Australia, https://bie.ala.org.au/species/https:/id.biodiversity.org.au/node/apni/6284166
  3. Conostylis argentea (J.W.Green) Hopper, Western Australian Herbarium (1998–). Florabase—the Western Australian Flora. Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions, https://florabase.dbca.wa.gov.au/browse/profile/1422

Western Australia FloraConostylis argentea

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