Bulbaceous, perennial, herb, 0.05-0.2 m high. Fl. yellow-green, Jul to Aug. Grey or black sand.
Beard’s Provinces: South-West Province.
IBRA Regions: Swan Coastal Plain.
IBRA Subregions: Perth.
Local Government Areas (LGAs): Cockburn, East Fremantle, Fremantle, Joondalup, Melville, Nedlands, Rockingham, Subiaco, Victoria Park.
Alternative Names. Cape Cowslip.
General Biology. Growth form. Geophyte. Reproduction. Primarily by seed, occasionally bulbils on leaves. Dispersal. Water, soil. Seedbank persistence. Short/medium term, 1-2 years. Fire response. Mass flowering, germination and seed set following fire.
Notes. Prefers alkaline soils. Serious weed of coastal shrubland, Banksia and Tuart woodland on the Swan Coastal Plain. Produces a large number of viable seeds that germinate each year.
Additional information. Origin. Western and southwestern Cape Provence, South Africa. History of use/introduction. Introduced as a garden ornamental, first recorded as naturalised south of Perth in 1957. Similar exotic species. Lachenalia aloides, L. bulbifera, L. mutabilis.
Suggested method of management and control. Spot spray metsulfuron methyl 0.2 g/15 L + Pulse® (2.5g-5 g/ha). Read the manufacturers' labels and material safety data sheets before using herbicides. For further information consult the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority to determine the status of permits for your situation or state.
Legend: Y = Yes, regularly, O = Occasionally, U = Uncertain, referred by others but not confirmed.
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