Kniphofia uvaria (L.) Hook.f.

Red-hot Poker

Bot. Mag. t. 4816 (1854) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Tufted herb to c. 1.5 m high, spreading by thick, branched rhizomes. Leaves linear, 35–80 cm long and 0.5–2 cm wide. Inflorescence erect, 1–1.2 m tall with a dense, subspicate raceme, 7–11 cm long. Flowers spreading or pendulous, 35–40 mm long, tubular for most of their length; perianth whorls similar, green turning yellow to red at anthesis; staminal filaments filiform, anthers small; ovary ovoid, 4–5 mm long. Capsule trigonous, elongate-ovoid, 7–14 mm long. Seeds numerous, c. 3 mm long and 1.5 mm wide. Flowers Jul.

*CVU, *EGL, *GipP, *HSF, *VVP. Also NSW. Native to southern Africa. A popular garden ornamental which has become naturalised in rear-dune swales near the western tip of Phillip Is. (Western Port).

Source: Conran, J.G. (1994). Aloeaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 2, Ferns and Allied Plants, Conifers and Monocotyledons. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Lilianae
order Asparagales
family Asphodelaceae
genus Kniphofia
Higher taxa


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

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South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory