Australian Native Plants

  Wurmbea dioica (Early Nancy)


Wurmbea dioica photo
urmbea dioica Paddys Ranges State Park, Victoria, Australia

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EARLY NANCY FACTS

distribution map showing range of Wurmbea dioica in Australia

Map is from The Atlas of Living Australia web site, licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia License


Common Name
Early Nancy

Description
Wurmbea dioica is a herbaceous plant growing to 30 cm tall, with two or three narrow grassy linear leaves. The plant is bulbous. The attractive flowers are white with six petals, with a narrow purple band across each petal, which form a circle near the centre of the flower. Flowering is in winter and spring between July and October. It gets its name Early Nancy from its early flowering in winter. The reddish brown seeds are contained in capsules to 1 cm long.

Height
0.15m - 0.30m

Habitat
it is usually found in well drained position in grassland or woodland clearings

Distribution
Wurmbea dioica is found in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania.

Classification
Class:Liliopsida
Order:Liliales
Family:Colchicaceae
Genus:Wurmbea
Species:dioica
Common Name:Early Nancy