Ferraria crispa subsp. crispa

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

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.

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, 2017-06-16
Distribution map
life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Lilianae
order Asparagales
family Iridaceae
genus Ferraria
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Ferraria crispa subsp. crispa in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Ferraria crispa subsp. crispa in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Wimmera present introduced
Gippsland Plain present naturalised
Otway Plain present naturalised

State distribution

Distribution map
Western Australia
South Australia