Sp. Pl. 299 (1753) APNI
Bulb ovoid, 1–2 cm diam., bulblets few, yellowish. Scape erect, terete, hollow, 30–120 cm long, 3–12 mm diam. Leaves 2–4, sheathing the lower two-thirds of scape, subterete, hollow, 15–60 cm long, 1.5–4 mm wide. Umbel usually with few flowers and many sessile bulbils; pedicels, if present, 5–30 mm long; spathe broadly dilated and papery below, apically with a short cylindrical beak, deciduous; perianth campanulate, segments oblong-obovate, 2–4.5 mm long, pink or greenish; stamens shortly exceeding perianth, the inner 3 deeply trilobed, the central lobe anther-bearing. Capsule c. 3–3.5 mm long. Bulbils obovoid, c. 5–7 mm long. Flowers Dec.–Feb
*CVU, *GipP, *Gold, *GGr, *HSF, *LoM, *MuM, *OtP, *Strz, *VRiv, *VVP, *Wim. Also naturalised WA, SA, NSW, Tas. Native to north Africa, much of Europe, and western Asia. Occurs in Victoria as a weed in pasture and grassland on heavier soils, known from the Creswick region, Harcourt, near Keilor, Geelong area, and Tootgarook Swamp on the Mornington Peninsula, but probably more widespread. The freely produced bulbils render this a potentially troublesome weed (as in New Zealand).
|Bioregion||Occurrence status||Establishment means|
|Victorian Volcanic Plain||present||naturalised|
|Central Victorian Uplands||present||naturalised|