Chasmanthe bicolor (Gasp. ex Ten.) N.E.Br.

Trans. Roy. Soc. South Africa 20: 273 (1932) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Herb, 0.7–1.3 m high. Leaves 50–80 cm long, 2.5–3.5 cm wide; midvein prominent, asymmetric. Inflorescence simple or 2-branched basally, often with purple tinge, flowers subsecund, 12–30-flowered. Primary bracts membranous, maroon. Flowers mostly red, with abaxial segments green to red. Perianth tube 3.0–3.3 cm long, narrow for 6–10 mm basally, segments arising at about the same level; adaxial lobe 2.7–4.0 cm long, linear-spathulate; other lobes 0.5–0.8 cm long. Anthers exserted, dark purple. Style exserted.

*GipP. Native to South Africa, naturalised in Victoria, plants escaping from nearby gardens.

Created by: Andre Messina, 2014-10-20
Distribution map
life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Lilianae
order Asparagales
family Iridaceae
genus Chasmanthe
Higher taxa


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

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