Arthropodium fimbriatum aka Dichopogon fimbriatus, Nodding Chocolate Lily
Morialta Conservation Park, South Australia (Central Track, near Moores Rd entrance) – January 10th, 2015 – cool, wet conditions after 2 days of rain
Photos & Text: Michal Dutkiewicz
I haven’t seen an Arthropodium with this colour or quite this shape before – I really don’t know why this looks like this. I have noticed the way the flowers connect to the stems is a little different, thinner and more feeble than Arthropodium strictum, and also the arrangement along the stem, and possibly small differences in the sex parts, plus the edges of the petals almost look serrated, whereas A. strictum looks more fluted and undulating – The colours on the stamens are different in my specimens, but many specimens are more purple on the anther part of the stamens and the greenish filament part which connects to the flower is cream yellow on mine – This is not, therefore, a universal example of the appearance of this flower and I have insufficient knowledge to know why these I have photographed differ. See also my entry on Arthropodium strictum aka Dichopogon strictus.
This common species has a sweet, vanilla-chocolatey scent – Very pleasing – Before European settlement, this species was widespread and abundant in open areas. See also my entry on Arthropodium fimbriatum aka Dichopogon fimbriatus.