Chasmanthe floribunda (Salisb.) N.E.Br.

Trans. Roy. Soc. S. Africa 20: 274 (1932) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Herb, 1–1.5 m high. Leaves 80–100 cm long, 2.2–4 cm wide; midvein prominent, asymmetric. Inflorescence with scape few-branched, often with purple tinge, with flowers distichous, 20–30-flowered. Primary bracts membranous, red-brown. Flowers red to orange, rarely yellow, faintly striped. Perianth tube 3–4.5 cm long, narrow for c. 8 mm basally, 1-pouched at junction with widened part, upper portion longer; adaxial lobe 1.8–2.8 cm long, hood-shaped; other lobes 1–1.7 cm long. Anthers exserted, dark purplish. Style slightly exserted. Flowers Jul.–Oct.

*DunT, *GipP, *GGr, *HSF, *OtP, *VRiv, *VVP, *WaP. Also naturalised in WA, SA, NSW. Noted at a few sites in cooler districts, persisting apparently as a result of dumped garden refuse.

The single shallow perianth pouch is usually indistinct in herbarium specimens. The dilation of the tube is not as truncate and abrupt as in Chasmanthe aethiopica.

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, 2016-01-12
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Lilianae
order Asparagales
family Iridaceae
genus Chasmanthe
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Chasmanthe floribunda in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Chasmanthe floribunda in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Victorian Volcanic Plain present naturalised
Victorian Riverina present naturalised
Gippsland Plain present naturalised
Otway Plain present naturalised
Warrnambool Plain present introduced
Greater Grampians present introduced
Dundas Tablelands present naturalised
Highlands-Southern Fall present naturalised

State distribution

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Western Australia
South Australia
New South Wales