Prodr. Pl. Cap. 83 (1794) APNI
Herb with erect slender stems 5–30 cm high, 0.4–0.8 mm wide, minutely pubescent; bulb ovoid, acute, 5–9 cm long, tunic smooth, dark brown; bulbils subterranean, formed on rhizome. Leaves cauline or usually terminally congested, 3-foliolate; leaflets sessile, linear, oblong or cuneate 5–15 mm long, 1.3–2 mm wide, emarginate, often conduplicate, bright green or slightly grey green, glabrous and finely papillose above, with larger rather blister-like epidermal cells below, margins ciliate, with 2 minute apical calli; petioles 4–22 mm long, petioles as long as leaves or exceeding leaves; stipules tapering into petiole. Inflorescences terminal or axillary, 1-flowered; peduncles longer than leaves. Sepals lanceolate or linear lanceolate, 5–9 mm long, glabrous, rarely glandular ciliate; petals 15–30 mm long, bright pink, yellow at base. Capsule not developed in Australia. Jul.-Aug.
*VVP. Also naturalised WA, SA, NSW. Native to the Cape Province, in South Africa. Locally common in weedy mown/slashed nature strips and in degraded grassland on basalt clays at Craigieburn. Also noted from degraded Eucalyptus camaldulensis woodland at Somerton.
|Bioregion||Occurrence status||Establishment means|
|Victorian Volcanic Plain||present||naturalised|
|Australian Capital Territory|