Aristea capitata (L.) Ker Gawl.

Bot. Mag. 17: t. 605 (1802)

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Sparingly established

Corm 0.5–0.7 cm diam. Basal leaves linear, rigid, 35–50 cm long, 10–12 mm wide. Inflorescence a dense terminal cylindrical panicle, the lower clusters stalked, each cluster with 2­–3 flowers, emerging successively from paired leaf-like primary bracts; secondary bracts conspicuous. Bracts subtending flowers ovate, 8–10 mm long, rusty brown with broad hyaline margins, rarely lacerated. Flowers blue, 1.7–2.0 cm long. Capsule oblong, broadly 3-winged, c. 1.2 cm long.     

HSF. Native to South Africa. Sparingly established at Monbulk, at a Protea farm, where spreading beyond plantings, and also spreading into nearby Eucalyptus obliqua dry open woodland.

Created by: Andre Messina, 2014-10-20
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2018-11-09
Distribution map
life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Lilianae
order Asparagales
family Iridaceae
genus Aristea
Higher taxa



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