Watsonia marginata (L.f.) Ker Gawl.

Bot. Mag. 17: t. 608 (1802) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Extinct

Establishment means:Introduced

Herb up to 1.2 m high. Basal leaves 25–45 cm long. Inflorescence usually with many short appressed branches, flowers crowded. Primary-bracts 1.2–1.8 cm long, dry and membranous, becoming lacerated, straw-coloured. Flowers pale pink, sub-actinomorphic. Perianth tube 1.3–1.5 cm long; lobes 1.3–2 cm long, 7–10 mm wide. Stamens symmetrically arranged around the style; anthers 6–8 mm long, yellow; staminodes 3, minute, alternating with the stamens. Style usually not exceeding stamens. Capsule ovoid, 0.8–1.2 cm long. Bulbils absent. Flowers Oct.

Also naturalised in WA, SA. Native to south-western Cape Province of South Africa. A garden escape which has become naturalised at Anglesea, Blackburn and Mornington.

Source: Conn, B.J. (1994). Iridaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 2, Ferns and Allied Plants, Conifers and Monocotyledons. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2019-01-08
Distribution map
life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Lilianae
order Asparagales
family Iridaceae
genus Watsonia
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <http://avh.chah.org.au>. Find Watsonia marginata in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Watsonia marginata in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Gippsland Plain extinct introduced

State distribution

Distribution map
Western Australia
South Australia