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Threatened species

Silver Sword Lily - profile

Indicative distribution

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The areas shown in pink and/purple are the sub-regions where the species or community is known or predicted to occur. They may not occur thoughout the sub-region but may be restricted to certain areas. ( click here to see geographic restrictions). The information presented in this map is only indicative and may contain errors and omissions.
Scientific name: Neoastelia spectabilis
Conservation status in NSW: Vulnerable
Commonwealth status: Vulnerable
Profile last updated: 20 Oct 2020


Silver Sword Lily is a tufted, soft-stemmed, lily-like plant with long narrow leaves and white flowers. Its leaves are straight with drooping ends, 60 - 165 cm long and 2.5 - 6 cm wide, with a smooth, green upper surface and silver-white underside. The flowers appear during November-December and are clustered onto numerous branches off a long central stem. These are followed by pale green berries, 10 - 15 mm in diameter, containing small black seeds.


Silver Sword Lily is restricted to NSW and has only been recorded in New England National Park, on the eastern edge of the New England Tablelands.

Habitat and ecology

  • Grows in rock crevices near waterfalls and in seepage lines on rocky slopes in Antarctic Beech rainforest, between 900 - 1150 m altitude.

Regional distribution and habitat

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IBRA Bioregion IBRA Subregion Known or predicted Geographic restrictions region
New England TablelandsEbor Basalts Predicted None
NSW North CoastCoffs Coast and Escarpment Known None