Geissorhiza aspera Goldblatt

J. South African Bot. 36: 303 (1970) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Corm ovoid-globose, 3­–6 mm diam. Stem usually 1–3-branched, densely puberulent. Leaves usually 3, lower 2 basal, the uppermost sub-basal and sheathing the stem, 8–20 cm long, 2–7 mm wide, flat, linear to ensiform, erect to spreading. Inflorescence 1–7-flowered. Primary bracts herbaceous basally, dry and brown above, the basal ‘outer’ bract 6–12 mm long, apex entire, the distal ‘inner’ bract 6–8 mm long, apex bifid. Flowers actinomorphic, blue to purple. Perianth tube 1–2 mm long; lobes oblong to obovate, 11–15 mm long, 4–6 mm wide. Stamens symmetric, filaments 3–5 mm long, sometimes with one shorter filament, anthers 3.0–5.5 mm long. Style 7–8 mm long, branches to 2 mm long. Flowers Spring.

*Gold, *VVP. Native to the Western Cape region of South Africa, occurs on grassy roadsides and disturbed sites.

Created by: Andre Messina, 2014-10-27
Updated by: Daniel Ohlsen, 2017-06-16
Distribution map
life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Lilianae
order Asparagales
family Iridaceae
genus Geissorhiza
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Geissorhiza aspera in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Geissorhiza aspera in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Victorian Volcanic Plain present naturalised
Goldfields present introduced

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