Patersonia glabrata R.Br.

Leafy Purple-flag

Prodr. 304 (1810) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Undershrub, 30–80 cm high. Stem woody, few-branched, up to 40 cm long. Leaves linear, 10–40 cm long, 0.2–0.5 cm wide, flat, finely veined, glabrous; margin minutely hairy near base. Inflorescence with scape 10–30 cm long, glabrous. Primary bracts ovate, 4–6.5 cm long, finely striate, sparsely hairy, glabrescent, dark brown; margin dry, membranous and hyaline for a width of 2–3 mm; involucre widely open, up to 4 cm wide; inner (secondary) bracts fully exposed. Perianth tube 4–5 cm long, glabrous or pubescent; outer perianth lobes ovate to orbicular, 2–3 cm long, 1.5–2.6 cm wide; inner perianth lobes narrowly ovate. Staminal filaments 5–7 mm long, completely united. Ovary hairy. Capsule cylindric 2–4 cm long; seeds compressed-ovoid, c. 4 mm long, brown; aril present. Flowers Aug.–Oct.

EGL, EGU, GipP, OtP, WPro. Also Qld, NSW. Widespread, occurring in coastal heathlands, low woodlands and open-forests mostly eastward from Bairnsdale, with disjunct occurrences on French Is. and Wilsons Promontory.

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 glabrata in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Patersonia glabrata in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Gippsland Plain present native
Otway Plain present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Wilsons Promontory present native

State distribution

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New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory