Watsonia borbonica (Pourr.) Goldblatt

Ann. Missouri Bot. Gard. 74: 571 (1987) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Herb up to 1.7 m high. Basal leaves 60–100 cm long. Inflorescence with a few short appressed branches, flowers 2–2.5 cm apart. Primary bracts 1.6–2.5(–3) cm long, membranous to dry and membranous, reddish. Flowers pale pink to magenta, zygomorphic. Perianth tube 3–4 cm long, curved; lobes 2.8–3.5 cm long, 1.2–1.6 cm wide. Stamens asymmetrically arranged to one side of the flower; anthers c. 12 mm long, dark purple; staminodes absent. Style shorter than perianth. Capsule ovoid-cylindric, c. 3 cm long. Bulbils absent. Flowers Oct.–Nov.

*DunT, *EGL, *GipP, *Gold, *HSF, *WaP. Also naturalised in WA, SA, NSW. Native to the south-western Cape Province of South Africa. A garden escape which is locally established on roadsides and in dry sclerophyll forest in the South Belgrave area.

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: Val Stajsic, 2018-02-13
Distribution map
life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Lilianae
order Asparagales
family Iridaceae
genus Watsonia
Higher taxa


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

State distribution

Distribution map
Western Australia
South Australia
New South Wales