Caesia parviflora

Family Anthericaceae

Tufted perennial herb to 20 cm with clustered fleshy fibrous roots. Longevity indefinite.

Flowers: White with pale purple stripes during October – January. Usually opening on sunny afternoons. Pollinated by small flies and native bees.

Fruit: Three lobed capsule about 5 mm diameter, each lobe with one seed locally dispersed by gravity, December – January.

Seed: Spherical, black. Seeds dormant.

Gallery images: seed, seedling, rootstock, resprout


  • Open woodland habitat.
  • Widespread in woodland at the Australian Botanic Garden.
  • Juvenile period greater than 12 months.
  • Resprouts after fire.

Ecology of Cumberland Plain Woodland

Caesia parviflora flower

Caesia parviflora fruit

Caesia parviflora seed