Encycl. 4: 686 (1798) APNI
Herb with stems not evident; bulbs and bulbils absent; rhizome stout, woody, to c. 15 cm long, to c. 2.5 cm diam., covered with old leaf-bases. Leaves crowded at apex of rhizome, 3-foliolate; leaflets sessile, obcordate, 10–25 mm long and wide, deeply notched, green, sparsely pubescent above and below, margins ciliate, sinus to c. one-third leaflet length, lobes oblong to obovate, apices rounded and 8–16 mm apart, calli forming a marginal band, orange; petioles 5–30 cm long, sparsely hairy; stipules membranous, tapering into petiole. Inflorescences basal, (1–)3–30-flowered; peduncles slightly longer than leaves, sparsely hairy; pedicels 10–25 mm long, sparsely to moderately hairy. Sepals lanceolate, 3–5 mm long, pubescent, green with 2 orange apical calli. Petals 10–15 mm long, pink or purple. Capsule not developed in Australia. Flowers mainly Mar.–Dec.
*CVU, *EGU, *GipP, *HSF, *Strz, *VVP. Also naturalised SA, Qld, NSW, ACT, Tas. Native to South America. A weed of gardens, roadsides and other disturbed areas.
Reduced plants, e.g. those subject to heavy grazing, may produce single-flowered inflorescences.
|Bioregion||Occurrence status||Establishment means|
|Victorian Volcanic Plain||present||naturalised|
|Central Victorian Uplands||present||naturalised|
|East Gippsland Uplands||present||naturalised|
|New South Wales|
|Australian Capital Territory|