Patersonia sericea R.Br.

in Ker Gawl., Bot. Mag. 26: t. 1041 (1807) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Densely tufted herb. Leaves linear-ensiform, 15–50 cm long, flat to biconvex, finely striate to deeply grooved, glabrous; margin hairy, glabrescent distally. Inflorescence with scape 3–55 cm long, hairy on upper part, clasped by 1 reduced leaf. Primary bracts ovate to narrowly ovate, 2–6 cm long, prominently veined, white-silky to glabrescent, blackish; involucre 7–14(–20) mm wide; inner (secondary) bracts slightly exserted. Perianth tube 1.5–3 cm long, basal half hairy; outer perianth lobes broadly ovate, obtuse, 2–3 cm long, 1.5–2.5 cm wide; inner perianth lobes ovate. Staminal filaments 4–7 mm long, basal two-thirds united. Ovary hairy. Capsule ovoid-cylindric, 1.5–2.5 cm long; seeds cylindric, c. 2.5 mm long, wrinkled, with large pit; aril absent.

EGL, EGU, Glep, HSF, NIS, VAlp, VRiv.

Confined to eastern mainland Australia, in open-forest, woodland and heath. There are 2 varieties.

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.
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Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Patersonia sericea in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Patersonia sericea in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Glenelg Plain present native
Victorian Riverina present native
Northern Inland Slopes present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Victorian Alps present native

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New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory