Botanical name

Moraea gawleri

Family

Iridaceae
Moraea gawleri
Moraea gawleri
Moraea gawleri
Moraea gawleri
Moraea gawleri
Moraea gawleri

Description

Small, slender cormous geophyte up to 40cm, most easily recognised by its short inflorescence spathes, which are often no more than 12mm long. Stem severally branched; leaves 2-3 (occasionally 1 only), shorter than the stem, the lower 1-2 basal, the upper produced from the lowest node, linear and more or less erect, margins plane 1-6mm wide; flowers yellow, cream or pale-brick red, often darkly veined, sometimes bicoloured, style branches and crests pale.

Flowers opening in late morning and fading towards evening.

After: John Ker-Gawler (1764-1842), first editor of The Botanical Register.

Habitat

Clay flats and slopes

Flower Date

August to October