Corm depressed or rounded, 2-4 cm diam. Leaves numerous, completely covering stem, broadly linear, 15-40cm long, 6-15 mm wide, glaucous. Primary bracts ovate to elliptic, keeled, 4-6 cm long; margin narrow, white. Flowers mottled purple-black; perianth fleshy, with margin crisped and undulate; outer perianth 2.4-2.8 cm long 1-1.7 cm wide, inner perianth narrower. Staminal filaments c. 10 mm long, basal three-quarters united. Ovary 1.5-2.5 cm long; style 7-9 mm long, the branches each divided into 2 slender fimbriate arms 3-4 mm long. Capsule ellipsoid. Flowers Sep.
*GipP, *OtP, *Wim. A garden escape, recorded as persisting on the Bellarine Peninsula and at South Yarra, an inner Melbourne suburb. Also naturalised in WA, SA.
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