Iris orientalis Mill.

Gard. Dict. no, edn 8, 9 (1768) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Sparingly established

Leaves 30–80 cm long, 2–3 cm wide. Inflorescences up to 125 cm tall, 1- or 2-branched, with 1–2 condensed 2–3-flowered clusters. Primary bracts 2.5–7.5 cm long. Flowers white with yellow blotch in basal  half of sepals. Perianth tube c. 3 cm long; sepals broadly obovate, 3.8–5.0 cm long, recurved, glabrous; petals 4.5–6.0 cm long, distinctly narrower than sepals, erect, glabrous. Seeds dull brown.

*Gold. Also naturalised SA. Native to Europe, where it is often found in saline conditions. Sparingly established at Campbells Creek Cemetery (near Castlemaine).

Created by: Andre Messina, 2014-11-03
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2019-07-23
Distribution map
life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Lilianae
order Asparagales
family Iridaceae
genus Iris
Higher taxa


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

State distribution

Distribution map
South Australia