Patersonia occidentalis R.Br.

Leaves basal, linear to sword-shaped, 8-55 cm long, 2-10 mm wide, flat, straight, smooth, hairless; margins hairless or with a felt-like band of dense hairs. Scape 10-80 cm long, hairless. Spathes equal, lanceolate to elliptic, 30-50 mm long, hairless, dark brown. Floral tube 25-40 mm long, hairy. Outer perianth segments 20-35 mm long, blueviolet. Syn. Patersonia longiscapa Sweet.

SW WA, SA, Vic, Tas.

P. juncea Lindl. from SW WA has leaves basal, linear, 7-22 cm long, 0.6-1.4 mm wide, cylindrical, straight, deeply grooved, papillose. Scape 5-24 cm long, hairless. Spathes lanceolate, 30-45 mm long, hairless, brown with broad papery margins. Floral tube 25-35 mm long, hairless. Outer perianth segments 15-20 mm long, 13-18 mm wide, violet. Seed dull brown.

P. sericea R. Br. from Qld, NSW,Vic has leaves basal, linear or sword-shaped, 15-50 cm long, straight, deeply grooved, hairless; margin brown-hairy. Scape 6-45 cm long, silky-hairy. Spathes equal, lanceolate to elliptic, 35-60 mm long, brown, covered with silky hairs. Floral tube 15-30 mm, the lower half pubescent. Outer perianth segments 20-30 mm long, blue violet. Seed wrinkled, brown.

 var. sericea from Qld, NSW,Vic has leaves flat, 2-6 mm wide. Scape 10-45 cm long.

var. longifolia (R. Br.) C. Moore & E. Betche from coastal NSW has leaves cylindrical, 1-2 mm wide. Scape 6-15 cm long.

P. rudis Endl. from WA is similar to P. sericea but the stems and leaves have pubescent bases.

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.

Distribution map
kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Lilianae
order      Asparagales
family       Iridaceae
genus        Patersonia R.Br.