Watsonia meriana var. bulbillifera, Wild Watsonia

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Category
Lilies and bulbs
Scientific Name
Watsonia meriana var. bulbillifera
Common Name/s
Wild Watsonia
Weed Information

Status: Declared Noxious Weed (Regionally Controlled).

Threat: High threat environmental weed.

Description: Erect perennial herb with pale green sword-shaped leaves up to one metre that die back each year in late summer.

Flowers: Red-brown flowering stem develops in winter to spring, with large pink to red trumpet-shaped flowers with six pointed lobes in two rows on upper stem. Flowers from October to December.

Leaves: Pale green sword-shaped leaves arranged in a fan. Broad at base, upright with pointed tips. Parallel veins with prominent midrib.

Stems: Dark reddish, cylindrical at base attached to large bulb.

Roots: Large bulb with stringy brown fibrous, covering up to 8cm below surface.

Fruits: Regenerates primarily by bulbils which form in clusters along stem. Seeds rarely formed.

Note: Invades roadsides, coastal and grassy woodlands, heathland, forests, and riparian environments. Bulbils spread by slashing, soil movement, animals and people.

Control measures: Hand removal.

Dispersal: Animals, Machinery, Water Seeds.