Tricoryne elatior

Family Anthericaceae

Wiry relatively inconspicuous herb to 40 cm high, with very narrow leaves, and fibrous radiating roots 1 mm diameter and 5 cm long. Longevity indefinite.

Flowers: Yellow, October – March. Flowers open on sunny afternoons.

Fruit: Dry fruit of 1 - 3 segments 3 - 6 mm long, with 1 seed per segment. Matures January – February.

Seed: Black, 3 x 2 mm, no specialised dispersal mechanism, dispersed locally. Fresh seed dormant, soil stored seedbank.

Gallery images: seed, seedling, rootstock, resprout


  • Woodland habitat.
  • Widespread in localised patches in woodland at the Australian Botanic Garden.
  • Resprouts after fire.

Ecology of Cumberland Plain Woodland

Tricoryne elatior plant

Tricoryne elatior flower

Tricoryne elatior fruit

Tricoryne elatior seed