Sp. Pl., edn 2, 1664 (1763) APNI
Corm up to 1.8 cm diam., sometimes producing 1 or 2 stolons. Stem unbranched. Leaves 5–8, erect, linear to linear-ovate, 10–42 cm long, 2–11 mm wide, sometimes with prominent midvein. Inflorescence 4–many-flowered, flowers crowded towards apex. Primary bracts often deeply toothed, 8–14 mm long, dry and membranous, completely rust-red, densely brown-streaked or ± colourless at base. Flowers cream-coloured or pale yellow to orange with dark reddish or purple at base of lobes. Perianth tube narrowly cylindric, 5–12 mm long; lobes spreading, 1.5–3 cm long, 8–12 mm wide, with apex obtuse to acute. Staminal filaments often united at base, 3–5 mm long; anthers 7–11 mm long. Ovary c. 4 mm long; style branches spreading at level of anthers, recurved, 3–5 mm long. Flowers Sep.–Oct.
*CVU, *DunT, *GipP, *Gold, *HSF, *NIS, *VRiv, *VVP, *Wim. Also naturalised in WA, SA, Qld, Tas. Locally abundant (e.g. on roadsides and rail-reserves), mostly near settlements, occasionally invading natural communities.
|Bioregion||Occurrence status||Establishment means|
|Victorian Volcanic Plain||present||naturalised|
|Central Victorian Uplands||present||naturalised|
|Northern Inland Slopes||present||naturalised|
|New South Wales|