Chasmanthe floribunda (Salisb.) N.E.Br.
African Cornflag

Trans.Roy.Soc.South Africa 20:274 (1932)
Conservation Code
Not threatened
Naturalised Status
Alien to Western Australia
Name Status

Cormous, perennial, herb, 0.4-1.5 m high. Fl. orange-red/yellow, Jul to Oct. Brown sandy clay or clayey loam over laterite, black sand, granite. Hills, disturbed woodlands.

Amanda Spooner, Descriptive Catalogue, 15 August 2007


IBRA Regions
Avon Wheatbelt, Esperance Plains, Geraldton Sandplains, Jarrah Forest, Swan Coastal Plain, Warren.
IBRA Subregions
Geraldton Hills, Katanning, Northern Jarrah Forest, Perth, Recherche, Southern Jarrah Forest, Warren.
IMCRA Regions
Leeuwin-Naturaliste, WA South Coast.
Local Government Areas (LGAs)
Albany, Augusta Margaret River, Busselton, Chapman Valley, Chittering, Dardanup, Esperance, Fremantle, Gingin, Gosnells, Harvey, Joondalup, Kalamunda, Manjimup, Mundaring, Murray, Nedlands, Northampton, Stirling, Subiaco, Swan, Victoria Plains, Wanneroo, Waroona, West Arthur, Wickepin, Williams, York.

Management Notes (for the Swan NRM Region)

General Biology. Growth form. Geophyte. Life form. Annually renewed corm. Reproduction. Primarlily seed, also corm offsets. Dispersal. Primarily birds, also water and soil. Time to first flowering. 4 years. Fire response. Generally survives fire.

Notes. Ripe seed are glossy orange.

Additional information. Origin. South Africa. History of use/introduction. Garden escape.

Suggested method of management and control. Spot spray glyphosate 1% + Pulse® before flowering. 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.

Management Calendar

Calendar Type Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Comments
Dormant Y Y Y Y               Y  
Active Growth         Y Y Y Y Y Y Y    
Flowering             Y Y Y        
Fruiting               Y Y Y      
Germination         Y Y              
Optimum Treatment           Y Y            

Legend: Y = Yes, regularly, O = Occasionally, U = Uncertain, referred by others but not confirmed.



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