Nature conservation

Threatened species

Stinky 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: Typhonium sp. aff. brownii
Conservation status in NSW: Endangered
Commonwealth status: Not listed
Gazetted date: 24 Sep 1999
Profile last updated: 21 Aug 2018


The Stinky Lily is a deciduous herb about 20 cm tall which sprouts a few long-stemmed leaves each year from an underground tuber. The soft, thin leaves are about 10 cm long, appearing triangular, three-lobed or sometimes divided fully into three leaflets. The lobes or leaflets have distinctive white veins, wavy margins and long drawn-out tips. The flower is fleshy and emits a foul smell, which attracts flies. The fruits are small, green globes. The related species Typhonium brownii has broader lobes or leaflets and green veins. Stinky Lily has recently been recognised as a distinct species Typhonium clemeshae.


Only known from four locations in the ranges west of Coffs Harbour and Woolgoolga: Kangaroo River, Bruxner Park, Bindarri National Park and Upper Corindi.

Habitat and ecology

  • Occurs on reasonably fertile soils, in moist eucalypt forest and the moist eucalypt forest-subtropical rainforest interface.
  • Its remaining habitat is now significantly disturbed.
  • Some of the known populations comprise only a few plants.

Regional distribution and habitat

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Information sources

IBRA Bioregion IBRA Subregion Known or predicted Geographic restrictions region
NSW North CoastChaelundi Known None
NSW North CoastCoffs Coast and Escarpment Known None
NSW North CoastDalmorton Known Within Kangaroo River State Forest
South Eastern QueenslandClarence Sandstones Known None