SE. New South Wales to Tasmania as per WCSP;
Differences among different species as per San Marcos Growers;


Solanaceae Week: I.D. help please 100411sm01: Seen @ Jijamata Udyan today.

The leaves were like long grass blades.
The plant was about 2-3 ft (height) growing in a large pot.

–  … native of Tasmania, Australia … the Tasman flax-lily, Dianella tasmanica

– Just for record, it belongs to family Xanthorrhoeaceae (formerly in Liliaceae, and also Hemerocallidaceae).


02082011-BS-001- Dianella from From Herbal Garden for ID: Dianella sp for from Herbal Garden Samalkha Panipat
Cultivated Herb about 3 ft high
Family  Liliaceae (Lily family)
My guess is D tasmanica

It also looks like D. tasmanica to me commonly known as Flax Lily.

I think the plant is being treated under the family Xanthorrhoeaceae nowadays.


Ornamental for id – 200113 ANB-0029 – Mumbai: This ornamental plant has very attractive foliage and small yellow flowers. I’d like to know its name if possible.

looks like Chlorophytum comosum, spider plant

This is Dianella tasmanica, a garden plant. Not Chlorophytum comosum.

this is not spider plant. something else… I am not a botanist nor a taxonomist, but I am very confident that this is not the plant known in the west, in home gardens and home gardening centers as the SPIDER PLANT ….
I know simply because I have grown several hundred of them and was able to get the babies plants, the flowers and even seeds that germinated, and the plant throws side shoots and develops further clones of itself, , right next to the mother plant itself …
The leaf blade is much skinnier than shown, rather delicate than shown, and flowers smaller almost as wide as tall and white with bright yellow pollens, quite different from these pics… and the inflorescence is a bunched up group at the end of the spike thrown out by the mother, and that ‘s where the babies also develop…
hope someone knows what this is..
PS I wrote this last nite and for some reason draft was saved and did not go thru…
just now I saw a response from …
so may be my gardner’s instinct was right…
and we can study the real differences, thanks …

SK1021 16 MAR-2018 : 7 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (5)
LocationGodawari Botanical Garden, Nepal 
Altitude: 5000 ft.
Date: 22 Jun 2017
Habit : Cultivated

I could not recall the name.

Pl. check /species/a—l/ar/asparagaceae

Dianella tasmanica Hook.f.

Yes to me also appear close to images at Dianella tasmanica

Garden Flower for ID – 101011 – RK1:  Request Id of this plant.Flowers are very delicate – looking.Leaves
[seen in the background in the first pic] & flowers are used in
bouquets & flower arrangements.
Picture taken in Bangalore on 22-09-11 at 2.30 pm.
Habitat – Garden
Leaves  – Lily leaves-like
Would appreciate Common, Botanical & Family ID

I think it should be Dianella tasmanica Hook.f. as per images and details herein.


Orchid for ID-300411MN: Sending photos of orchid plant bought from a Mumbai Nursery. The Nursery lady does not have the ID of the orchid but told me it has just finished flowering and it will flower again after one or two months. It is a terrestrial type orchid with straped leaves. I would be obliged if anyone can please tell me the ID of this orchid.

This could be Arundina graminifolia.
But cant confirm without flowers.

This plant is not an orchid plant. Last week I saw flowers on it which does not resemble an orchid. I will soon send the flower photos. The vendor had fooled me in believing that this is an orchid.

I am sending the photos of the flowers taken today. Kindly identify the plant.

I think this is some species of Dianella

This could be from family Xanthorrhoeaceae, may be Stypandra….

This is definitely not an Orchid.
As … correctly identified Dianella, it is Dianella tasmanica.

Hope I am correct.

Yes Aarti ji, it is already under Xanthorrhoeaceae in our database
… had suggested Dianella, … suggested Stypandra
Let us hope to get confirmed Id
Dianella tasmanica typically has blue to purple flowers followed by purple berries.

Thanks, …, for the id.
Yes appears to be Dianella tasmanica as per images and details herein.


Pl. find the attached file contain photo for id. request.
 Date and Location: 03.11.2011, NBNP Garden
Place: Anaikatti (640 MSL) Coimbatore Dist.,
Habitat: Garden
Habit: Shrub

chlorophytum capense

Chlorophytum species for sure.

I think Dianella tasmanica, as per images and details herein.

Yes !



Validation of Dianella : 9 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (1)- 4 mb.

Request for validation of Dianella tasmanica cultivated in Mahe. Photographed in July 2019.

Attached herewith close up of flower.

Attachments (1)- 1 mb.

I guess ID is correct but habit and leaf images would help more.

Thank you … Attaching another image which may perhaps help.

Attachments (1)- 3 mb.

I guess yes.

The ID is correct. This is a common foliage pot plant grown in  home gardens here. In fact I have grown this in Chennai & here.