Moraea virgata Jacq.

Icon. Pl. Rar. 2 t.288 (1791) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Extinct

Establishment means:Introduced

Stem flexuose, rigid. Basal leaves 1–few, 40–50 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 shorter than the ‘outer’. Flowers yellow. Perianth tube c. 0.5 cm long; lobes subequal, 1.2–1.5 cm long, narrowly obovate. Staminal filaments united basally; anthers exposed, erect. Style branches deeply divided, forming 6 filiform arms. Capsule included within the primary bracts.

Native to southern Africa. In Victoria known from a few historical records in South Yarra, and is now presumed to be extinct in Victoria.

Created by: Andre Messina, 2014-11-10
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 virgata in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Moraea virgata in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Gippsland Plain extinct introduced

State distribution

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