Moraea setifolia (L.f.) Druce

Bot. Soc. Exch. Club Brit. Isles 1916: 363 (1916) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Herb 4–20 cm tall. Corm 1–1.5 cm diam. Leaf solitary, linear, trailing, 20–60 cm long, 1–2 mm wide. Inflorescence with scape 2–5 cm long, with 2 to several 4–6-flowered clusters. Perianth spreading, pale lilac to pale blue, often spotted with purple; outer perianth with a central orange mark. Style branches 3, petaloid, stigmas divided, transverse, extending into a narrow terminal crest. Flowers Sep.–Nov.

*CVU, *GipP, *Gold, *LoM, *MuF, *MuM, *MSB, *NIS, *OtP, *RobP, *VRiv, *VVP, *Wim. Occurs in disturbed areas (e.g. roadsides), native grasslands, and sometimes as a weed of pastures, usually in sandy soil.

Flowers usually only last about 1 day.

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 (as Gynandriris setifolia (L.f.) R.C.Forst.).
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2016-11-25
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Lilianae
order Asparagales
family Iridaceae
genus Moraea
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Moraea setifolia in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Moraea setifolia in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present naturalised
Murray Mallee present naturalised
Wimmera present naturalised
Victorian Volcanic Plain present naturalised
Victorian Riverina present naturalised
Murray Scroll Belt present naturalised
Robinvale Plains present naturalised
Murray Fans present naturalised
Gippsland Plain present naturalised
Otway Plain present naturalised
Goldfields present naturalised
Central Victorian Uplands present introduced
Northern Inland Slopes present naturalised

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