Sp. Pl. 433 (1753) APNI
Herb with stems hardly exserted; bulbs ovoid, 1–3 cm long, pointed, tunics blackish-brown, rigid, gummy; bulbils formed on rhizome. Leaves crowded at apex of rhizome, 3-foliolate; leaflets sessile, broad-obovate to rhombic, 5–45 mm long, 5–50 mm wide, rounded or sometimes emarginate, green and glabrous above, often purplish below with many translucent dots and streaks that dry black, pubescent or with hairs confined to nerves, margins ciliate; petioles 1–17 cm long, usually densely villous; stipules membranous, to c. 4 mm long, abruptly tapering into petiole. Inflorescences basal, 1-flowered; peduncles shorter than or scarcely exceeding leaves, usually pilose. Sepals lanceolate, 5–8 mm long, striate with translucent lines, ciliate, calli absent; petals 10–40 mm long, pink to purple, sometimes white or yellow at base. Capsule not developed in Australia. Flowers mainly Apr.–Nov.
*CVU, *GipP, *Glep, *Gold, *GGr, *HNF, *HSF, *NIS, *OtP, *VRiv, *VVP, *Wim. Also naturalised WA, SA, Qld, NSW, Tas. Native to South Africa. Often grown as an ornamental, but now a weed of gardens, roadsides, cemeteries and other disturbed areas, as well as some native vegetation such as Themeda triandra plains grassland.
|Bioregion||Occurrence status||Establishment means|
|Victorian Volcanic Plain||present||naturalised|
|Central Victorian Uplands||present||naturalised|
|Northern Inland Slopes||present||naturalised|
|New South Wales|