Orthrosanthus multiflorus Sweet


Fl. Australas. t. 11 (1827) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: endangered (e)

Tufted perennial, 30–60 cm high. Leaves 16–50 cm long, 2–6 mm wide, glabrous, tough; margins scarious and brown basally. Inflorescence with 2–4 primary bracts on flowering part; primary bracts 2–10 cm long, each subtending 1 initially sessile and 1–4 pedunculate clusters of flowers (all becoming pedunculate in fruit); each cluster with 3–8 flowers. Flower-clusters enclosed by ovate to oblong secondary bracts which are 12–20 mm long. Flowers separated by hyaline tertiary bracts which are 10–15 mm long. Perianth lobes ± obovate, 12–20 mm long, 6–10 mm wide; apex obtuse. Staminal filaments c 5 mm long, the lower 1–2 mm united; anthers 2.5–3 mm long. Style branches 4–5 mm long; stigmas divided. Capsule 12–20 mm long; pedicel up to 2 mm long; seeds globose to angular, c. 2 mm diam.

Glep, VVP, WaP. Also WA, SA. Very rare in Victoria where known only from heathland communities near Cape Nelson and Port Campbell.

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.
Updated by: Neville Walsh, 2019-03-18
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Lilianae
order Asparagales
family Iridaceae
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <http://avh.chah.org.au>. Find Orthrosanthus multiflorus in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Orthrosanthus multiflorus in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Glenelg Plain present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Gippsland Plain present cultivated
Warrnambool Plain present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present cultivated

State distribution

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Western Australia
South Australia