Tritonia crocata (L.) Ker Gawl.

Bot. Mag. 16: sub t. 581 (1802) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Corm up to 2.5 cm diam. Leaves 7–30 cm long, 0.4–1.5 cm wide. Inflorescence 4–10-flowered, arranged on a flexuose axis. Primary bracts dry and membranous, dark brown. Flowers sub-actinomorphic, bright orange or orange-red, sometimes pinkish-orange, lobes with yellow stripes or marks which are sometimes raised into a low ridge on lower lobes. Perianth tube 1.0–1.2 cm long, narrow basally, expanded distally; lobes 1.8–2.5 cm long, each lobe spreading, concave. Stamens irregularly arranged around style or asymmetrically arranged to one side of flower; anthers pale brown with dark brown margins.

*GipP, *HSF, *VVP. Also naturalised WA, SA. Native to South Africa. Plants sometimes persisting in abandoned gardens.

Tritonia crocata closely resembles T. squalida, differing principally in flower colour. Colour differences remain in dried specimens, dried flowers of T. squalida turn a dirty mauve colour, while those of T. crocata remain dull pink or red.

Created by: Andre Messina, 2014-11-11
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2019-10-03
Distribution map
life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Lilianae
order Asparagales
family Iridaceae
genus Tritonia
Higher taxa


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

State distribution

Distribution map
Western Australia
South Australia