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Family Iridaceae

Patersonia glabrata Leafy purple-flag

A striking plant when in flower, this bunch of long, smooth, grass-like leaves, produces several large bright purple flowers on stalks that are usually longer than the leaves. There are several other similar species in the area. The diagnostic feature for this species is that its leaves are tufted from the base of the flower stem, and not from the root.

Habitat: sandstone soils, in open forest and heath.

Flowering: Spring

Distribution: Widespread in Sydney. Along the coast from Wison's Promontory (Vic.) to southern Queensland.

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