Arthropodium minus

Family Anthericaceae

Small Vanilla Lily

Perennial herb to 35 cm high, leaves long and narrow,with 2 cm long tubers.  Dies down in dry weather.

Flowers: Pink to purple during September – December. No repeat flowering in one season.

Fruit: Capsule to 4 mm diameter maturing during January – February containing about 16 seeds.

Seeds: Angular and black. Some dormancy. No specialised disperal mechanism, locally dispersed by gravity.

Gallery images: seed, seedling, rootstock, resprout


  • Woodland habitat.
  • Rare in woodland at the Australian Botanic Garden.
  • Resprouts after fire.
  • No seedling establishment in cultivation.

Ecology of Cumberland Plain Woodland

Arthropodium minus flower

Arthropodium minus fruit