J. Adelaide Bot. Gard. 18: 6 (1998) APNI
Herb 0.5–2 m high. Basal leaves 20–80 cm long. Inflorescence unbranched or with a few short branches, flowers 2.5–4 cm apart. Primary bracts 2.2–3.7 cm long, herbaceous; distally brown, dry and membranous. Flowers brick red to dull pink, zygomorphic. Perianth tube 3.2–4.2 cm long, curved; lobes 1.7–2.6 cm long, 8–12 mm wide. Stamens asymmetrically arranged to one side of the flower; anthers c. 10 mm long, cream-coloured to purple; staminodes absent. Style slightly longer than perianth. Capsule ovoid, 3–4 cm long. Bulbils present or absent. Flowers Oct.-Dec.
*CVU, *DunT, *EGL, *EGU, *GipP, *Gold, *GGr, *HSF, *NIS, *OtP, *OtR, *Strz, *VAlp, *VRiv, *VVP, *WaP, *Wim. Also naturalised WA, SA, Qld, NSW, Tas.
Typical Watsonia meriana (less than 1 m high and never producing bulbils) has been reported only once, from heathland near Anglesea. The larger, bulbil-producing, Watsonia meriana 'Bulbillifera' (the Bulbil Watsonia) is the more common variant in Australia, and is a proclaimed noxious weed in most States of Australia. It is locally abundant as a weed of roadside, unimproved pasture and waste land. This sterile polyploid possibly originated as a sport introduced into cultivation; it has become a vigorous weed due to its exceptional capacity for vegetative reproduction.
|Bioregion||Occurrence status||Establishment means|
|Victorian Volcanic Plain||present||naturalised|
|Central Victorian Uplands||present||naturalised|
|Northern Inland Slopes||present||naturalised|
|East Gippsland Lowlands||present||naturalised|
|East Gippsland Uplands||present||naturalised|
|New South Wales|
|Australian Capital Territory|