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Patersonia maxwellii
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Monocots
Order: Asparagales
Family: Iridaceae
Genus: Patersonia
Species: P. maxwelii
Binomial name
Patersonia maxwellii
(F.Muell.) Benth.

Patersonia maxwellii is a perennial herbaceous plant that is endemic to Southwest Australia, occurring in the Jarrah Forest and Esperance Plains regions. The flowers are violet or blue and appear between September and November. The height is 0.2 – 0.3 metres. It is found on white sand in seasonally wet areas. It was first described by Ferdinand von Mueller, placing it in a genus Genosiris, and later transferred to Patersonia by George Bentham.[1] The specific epithet commemorates the collector George Maxwell's contribution to the botany of the region, including this plant's type specimen.


  1. ^ Mueller, F.J.H. von (1869), Fragmenta Phytographiae Australiae 7(52): 34 "Prope oram occidentalem sinus Great Bight; e.g. a Stokes's Inlet ad McCallum's Inlet. Maxw."


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