Phyt. Canar. 1: 185 (1840) APNI
Perennial shrub to c. 1.2 m tall; branches ascending, 10–30 mm diam., glabrous; leaf scars 4–7(–10) mm wide, c. 1 mm long. Rosette to c. 25 cm diam.; leaves obovate to oblanceolate, 50–90 mm long, 15–30 mm wide, c. 1 mm thick, glossy green, apex acute, obtuse or emarginate with a mucro, base cuneate, margins with curved cilia. Inflorescence conical, 14–28 cm long, 11–17 cm diam., glabrous; peduncles 5–8 cm long; pedicles 6–9(–12) mm long. Flowers erect or spreading; sepals 9–11, ovate, 2–3.5 mm long, apex acuminate, green; petals 9–11, linear-lanceolate, 6–7 mm long, apex acuminate, bright yellow; stamens 4.5–5 mm long, nectary glands yellow; ovaries white to yellowish-green, glabrous, styles c. 5–5.5 mm long, c. 0.2 mm wide, white to yellowish. Seeds not seen. Flowers mostly spring–summer.
*GipP, *VVP. Also naturalised WA, SA, Tas. Native to the Canary Islands. Occasionally found in disturbed coastal areas and beside rivers, presumably from discarded garden refuse.
The cultivated forms 'Atropurpureum' and ‘Zwartkop’ are often grown for their deep purple foliage.
|Bioregion||Occurrence status||Establishment means|
|Victorian Volcanic Plain||present||naturalised|