Ixia polystachya L.

Variable Ixia

Sp. Pl., edn 2, 51 (1762) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Corm up to 2.5 cm diam. Stem unbranched or with 1–4 erect branches. Leaves 5–8, erect, linear, 20–60 cm long, 2–6 mm wide. Inflorescence few to many-flowered, flowers distichous, openly spaced to crowded. Primary bracts obtuse to very shortly toothed, 3–7 mm long, translucent, whitish, often faintly veined. Flowers white or pale blue to mauve-pink, base of the lobes often a contrasting colour. Perianth tube thread-like, 0.6–1.4 cm long; lobes spreading from base, 1–2.5 cm long, 5–9 mm wide, with apex obtuse. Staminal filaments free, 3–4 mm long; anthers 4–7 mm long. Ovary 2–3 mm long; style branches spreading below anthers, recurved, 3–4 mm long. Flowers Nov.–Dec.

*CVU, *DunT, *EGL, *GipP, *Gold, *HSF, *NIS, *OtP, *Strz, *VRiv, *VVP. Also naturalised in WA, SA, NSW, Tas. Generally a weed of abandoned gardens and dumped garden refuse near towns.

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.
Updated by: Daniel Ohlsen, 2017-06-15
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Lilianae
order Asparagales
family Iridaceae
genus Ixia
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <http://avh.chah.org.au>. Find Ixia polystachya in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Ixia polystachya in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Victorian Volcanic Plain present naturalised
Victorian Riverina present naturalised
Gippsland Plain present naturalised
Otway Plain present naturalised
Goldfields present naturalised
Central Victorian Uplands present introduced
Dundas Tablelands present naturalised
Northern Inland Slopes present naturalised
East Gippsland Lowlands present introduced
Highlands-Southern Fall present naturalised
Strzelecki Ranges present naturalised

State distribution

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Western Australia
South Australia
New South Wales