I believe that this is either a chocolate or a vanilla lily. Can you tell me which? N.H., Black Hill.
This is a chocolate lily, distinguished by its large flowers and branching stem.
There are a few similar plants in our district, but the chocolate lily is the most common and widespread found mostly in native grassland and grassy forests, and in the native parts of Ballarat’s Victoria Park.
The vanilla lily, or nodding chocolate lily, is similar to the chocolate lily, but its stems are unbranched, its flowers hang on short stalks and its leaves are narrower.
It tends to be found in drier forests and grasslands.
The pale vanilla lily is found in damper forested situations and higher rainfall areas. It has numerous small pale mauve flowers hanging from arching stems.
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