Nature conservation

Threatened species

Small Pale Grass-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: Caesia parviflora var. minor
Conservation status in NSW: Endangered
Commonwealth status: Not listed
Profile last updated: 20 Nov 2018


The Small Pale Grass-lily is an inconspicuous herb. The leaves are 2 mm wide and arranged in a rosette at ground level. Several multi-branched flowering shoots spread widely and turn up at the ends. The whole plant is usually much less than 20 cm tall. The small, white starry flowers may be tinged with blue or purple. The little fruits are green and three-lobed. The other two varieties of Pale Grass-lily in NSW, Caesia parviflora var. parviflora and Caesia parviflora var. vittata, are more than 20 cm tall and have broader leaves.


This variety occurs uncommonly in Tasmania, southern Victoria and south-east South Australia with an outlying population in NSW, in Barcoongere State Forest, between Grafton and Coffs Harbour. This variety may be more common than currently known, as Pale Grass-lilies are often not identified to variety level.

Habitat and ecology

  • Found in damp places in open forest on sandstone.

Regional distribution and habitat

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Information sources

IBRA Bioregion IBRA Subregion Known or predicted Geographic restrictions region
NSW North CoastYuraygir Known None
NSW South Western SlopesInland Slopes Known None
Other StateSA Known None
Sydney BasinSydney Cataract Known None
Sydney BasinWollemi Known None