Patersonia R.Br.

Commemorating William Paterson (1755–1810), Lieutenant Governor of the colony of New South Wales.

Perennial herbs with woody rhizomes, or low subshrubs. Leaves erect, sword-shaped or linear. Scape leafless, erect. Flowers sessile in a dense head with tubes 2-5 cm long concealed by two overlapping spathes, radially symmetrical, short-lived. Outer perianth segments large, equal, spreading; inner segments very small. Stamens with yellow anthers, filaments completely joined into a tube around the style. Style unbranched, longer than stamens; stigma flat, broad, 3 lobed.

20 species, mostly in Australia, also in New Guinea and Timor.

Flowers in head between 2 spathes; 3 showy perianth lobes.

Seed or division.

Cooke (1986).

Source: Cooke, D. (2005). Iridaceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 5. Flowering plants. Monocotyledons. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

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kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Lilianae
order      Asparagales
family       Iridaceae
Higher taxa
Subordinate taxa
species         Patersonia glabrata R.Br.
species         Patersonia occidentalis R.Br.