Wachendorfia thyrsiflora Burm.

Wachendorfia 3 (1757) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Rhizome to 15 cm long, usually cylindrical, sheathed by overlapping leaf bases. Leaves perennial, erect, up to 1.2 m long, glabrous. Scape 0.6–2.5 m tall, hirsute. Inflorescence a dense cylindrical panicle. Tepals bright yellow, narrow spathulate, 12–28 mm long, 8–14 mm wide, the outermost adaxial tepal narrower and shorter than the rest, the upper 5 tepals overlapping, somewhat disjunct from the lowermost tepal; anthers 15–20 mm long; style 13–18 mm long. Seeds oval or reinform, to 5 mm long, densely tomentose. Oct.-Nov.

*HSF. Also SA.

Grown as an ornamental for its large yellow floral displays. In its natural range Wachendorfia thyrsiflora is often a dominant species in permanently moist or marshy habitats throughout the Cape region of South Africa. It is a potentially serious weed, and is naturalised along the Yarra River near Warburton, and around a dam at Emerald.

Created by: Andre Messina, 2014-08-19
Updated by: Andre Messina, 2019-02-18
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Lilianae
order Commelinales
family Haemodoraceae
genus Wachendorfia
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <http://avh.chah.org.au>. Find Wachendorfia thyrsiflora in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Wachendorfia thyrsiflora in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Gippsland Plain present cultivated
Highlands-Southern Fall present naturalised

State distribution

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South Australia
New South Wales