Patersonia sericea var. sericea

Silky Purple-flag

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Leaves erect to slightly lax, 1.5–6 mm wide, flat and slightly striate to terete and prominently grooved; margin hairy or glabrescent, but never ciliate with inflexed hairs. Inflorescence with scape 10–45 cm long; primary bracts 3.5–6 cm long. Flowers Jun.–Dec.

EGL, EGU, Glep, HSF, NIS, VAlp, VRiv. Also Qld, NSW. Scattered in the east in coastal heathland on sandy soil and in woodland and open-forest on sandstone or granite-derived sandy and stony soils. Rare in the subalps (e.g. Pine Mountain, Mt Wellington areas). There is a dubious record of this variety in the south-west with the location given as ''towards the River Glenelg" without any further details.

Specimens from near Chandlers Creek, north of Cann River, have deeply grooved, narrowly biconvex leaves with inflexed marginal hairs, combining characteristics of var. sericea and the more localized var. longifolia.

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, 2017-06-07
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Lilianae
order Asparagales
family Iridaceae
genus Patersonia
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Patersonia sericea var. sericea in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Patersonia sericea var. 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