Albuca bracteata (Thunb.) J.C.Manning & Goldblatt

Pregnant Onion

Taxon 58: 93 (2009)

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Plants tufted, bulbous, erect, to 1.5 m high. Bulbils numerous. Leaves ± linear, flat, erect  or flaccid, 40–100 cm long, 20–50 mm wide. Inflorescence a large erect cylindrical raceme to 120 cm long. Flowers up to 300; bracts lanceolate, much longer than flowers; lower fruiting pedicels 5–15 mm long, upper pedicels shorter; perianth segments c. 9 mm long, spreading, white with a broad green central stripe; stamens subequal to or slightly shorter than perianth segments; ovary yellowish green. Capsule ovoid to obovoid, 3-angled. Nov-Jan.

*CVU, *GipP, *OtP, *VVP. Also naturalised WA, NSW. Native to southern Africa, commonly cultivated in Australia, naturalised in Victoria. Populations have established from nearby gardens around Bacchus Marsh, Black Rock, and Prahran.

Plants spread rapidly via asexually produced bulbils, producing dense colonies of thousands of plants.

Created by: Andre Messina, 2014-09-23
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2017-12-29
Distribution map
life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Lilianae
order Asparagales
family Asparagaceae
genus Albuca
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Albuca bracteata in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Albuca bracteata in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Victorian Volcanic Plain present introduced
Gippsland Plain present introduced
Otway Plain present naturalised
Central Victorian Uplands present introduced

State distribution

Distribution map
Western Australia
New South Wales