Watsonia versfeldii J.W.Mathews & L.Bolus

Ann. Bolus Herb. 3: 139 (1922) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Herb up 1.8 m high. Basal leaves 70–120 cm long. Inflorescence with many short appressed branches, flowers 3–4 cm apart. Primary bracts 1.6–2.3 cm long, green, becoming dry and membranous. Flowers white (in Victoria) or pink, sub-actinomorphic. Perianth tube 3–4 cm long, curved; lobes 3–3.7 cm long, 1–1.5 cm wide. Stamens asymmetrically arranged to one side of the flower, but anthers remaining near centre of flower; anthers c. 12 mm long, pale yellow; staminodes absent. Style shorter than perianth. Capsule ovoid-cylindric, c. 3 cm long. Bulbils absent. Flowers Oct.

*CVU, *DunT, *EGL, *GipP, *Gold, *HSF, *OtP, *OtR, *Strz, *VVP, *Wim. Also naturalised WA, Tas. A garden escape which is locally naturalised in South Belgrave, along a roadside in dry sclerophyll forest.

White-flowered variants of this generally pink-flowered species were previously included in var. alba.

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 versfeldii in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Watsonia versfeldii in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Wimmera present naturalised
Victorian Volcanic Plain present naturalised
Gippsland Plain present naturalised
Otway Plain present naturalised
Goldfields present naturalised
Central Victorian Uplands present naturalised
Dundas Tablelands present naturalised
East Gippsland Lowlands present naturalised
Highlands-Southern Fall present introduced
Otway Ranges present naturalised
Strzelecki Ranges present naturalised

State distribution

Distribution map
Western Australia