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A colleague has asked me about a monocot that has appeared in her backyard in northern Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. It is likely to be an introduced species, given that it does not resemble any indigenous Asparagales, and that it may be a contaminant in the new garden soil she has recently installed. I have some knowledge of Iridaceae, and I am sure this is not one of them. Any help is appreciated.
Mystery Bulbs / Herbertia?
November 28, 2022, 06:13:28 PM

My colleague has found an unknown iris on a conservation reserve in Victoria, Australia. He reported > 10 individuals over a small area.

It appears to be a Herbertia. When I visited the site over a week later, I was not able to relocate the plant, even with GPS data. So it seems to be a short-flowering species.

I wasn't able to key it out in Flora of Victoria as there is no entry for Herbertia, even though other exotic genera from Iridaceae are present in the Flora.

Can anyone verify that the genus is correct, and if possible, give a species epithet?

Many thanks!

(Photo credit: J. Birckhead)Herbertia sp..jpg
I'm writing from Victoria, Australia — I need help putting a species name to a Lachenalia I spotted in a local reserve.

The site (Lat/Lon -37.453 145.089) falls under climatic zone 6, and received a dusting of frost that morning; the plant did not seem worse for it.
Strangely, the online Flora of Victoria does not have any entry on the genus, so I wasn't able to key it.
On the photos, the punnet is 10 cm high as a guide.
Thanks for your help in identifying this.

Wun Ho
Victoria, Australia
Lachenalia sp. (side).jpgLachenalia sp (top).jpg