Sp. Pl. 434 (1753) APNI
Herb with erect stem to 30 cm high, 1–2.2 mm wide, pubescent to hirsute, scaly at base; bulb ovoid to subglobose, 2–3 cm long, tunic dark red-brown; bulbils subterranean, formed on rhizome. Leaves cauline, alternate on upper stems, 3-foliolate; leaflets sessile, linear, oblong or obovate, 5–15(–17) mm long, 3–5(–7) mm wide, slightly emarginate, often conduplicate-falcate, green, glabrous above, pilose and copiously dotted with glands below, margins ciliate; petioles 1–2(–5) mm long, flattened, scaly; stipules tapering into petiole. Inflorescences axillary, 1-flowered; peduncles longer than leaves. Sepals lanceolate, 4–8 mm long, pubescent, calli absent, ciliate; petals 14–30 mm long, pink or purplish, yellow at base. Capsule not developed in Australia. Flowers Apr.–Jul.
*DunT, *GipP, *VVP. Also naturalised WA, SA. Native to South Africa. Presumably a garden-escape, noted in greater Melbourne area and at Crib Point on the Mornington Peninsula.
|Bioregion||Occurrence status||Establishment means|
|Victorian Volcanic Plain||present||naturalised|