Moraea lewisiae (Goldblatt) Goldblatt

Novon 8: 376 (1998) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Stem flexuose, rigid. Basal leaves 1–3, 40–80 cm long, 0.2–0.4 cm wide. Inflorescence with scape erect, few-branched, with numerous sheathing primary bracts and numerous flower clusters ± closely appressed to the axis. Primary bracts herbaceous to dry and brown; ‘inner’ bract extending beyond the ‘outer’. Perianth parts bright yellow with outside of segments in outer whorl green, c. 2 cm long, 5–7 cm wide, not fused at base to form perianth tube. Staminal filaments united basally; anthers exposed, erect. Style branches deeply divided, forming 6 filiform arms. Capsule exserted beyond the primary bracts. Flowers Nov.–Dec.

*GipP, *HSF, *VVP. Naturalised in Themeda triandra grassland at Altona North, Derrimut Grasslands, North Warrandyte, Phillip Island, and Watsonia.

Moraea lewisiae and M. virgata are superficially quite similar and distinct from other species of Moraea, having flower clusters arranged laterally along the inflorescence. Both species were previously included in the genus Hexaglottis Vent. Moraea virgata differs from M. lewisiae in having the ovary and capsule included in within the bracts, and in having a perianth tube.

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 Hexaglottis lewisiae Goldblatt).
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2016-11-25
Distribution map
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 lewisiae in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Moraea lewisiae in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Victorian Volcanic Plain present naturalised
Gippsland Plain present introduced
Highlands-Southern Fall present naturalised

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Western Australia