Cormous, perennial, herb, to 0.5 m high. Fl. pink & yellow & orange, Jul to Nov. Brown sandy loam, red sandy clay, grey sand or sandy clay, granite, limestone. Undulating hills and flats, pastureland.
Beard’s Provinces: South-West Province.
IBRA Regions: Avon Wheatbelt, Esperance Plains, Jarrah Forest, Mallee, Swan Coastal Plain.
IBRA Subregions: Avon Wheatbelt P1, Avon Wheatbelt P2, Fitzgerald, Northern Jarrah Forest, Perth, Western Mallee.
Local Government Areas (LGAs): Beverley, Capel, Cockburn, Corrigin, Cuballing, Dardanup, Kulin, Merredin, Moora, Narrogin, Northam, Perenjori, Pingelly, Quairading, Ravensthorpe, Swan, Yilgarn, York.
General Biology. Growth form. Geophyte. Life form. Annually renewed corm. Reproduction. Primarily cormels on stem and base, occasionally offsets. Dispersal. Water, soil, birds, Cyclone Alby. Time to first flowering. 2-3 years. Seedbank persistence. Cormels can persist for 8 years. Fire response. Generally survives fire.
Notes. Two leaf cape tulip does not produce viable seed. Each year a large number of small cormels are produced in each leaf axil and around developing corms at the base of the plant. All parts of the plant are toxic to stock.
Additional information. Origin. Southern Africa. History of use/introduction. Garden escape. Similar exotic species. Moraea flaccida.
Suggested method of management and control. Spot spray metsulfuron methyl 0.2 g/15 L or chlorsulfuron 0.2 g/15 L + Pulse® or 2.5-5 g/ha + Pulse® or 2,2 DPA 55 g/10 L + Pulse®. Apply just on flowering at corm exhaustion. Physical removal can result in spread of cormels. 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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