Pratia purpurascens



Glabrous herb, with long white rhizomes, undersurface of leaves purplish. Longevity indefinite.

Flowers: Unisexual, white - pale pink, November – June. Reportedly visited by native bees and honey bees and small butterflies.

Fruit: Capsule 3 – 10 mm long.

Seed: No specialised dispersal mechanism.

Gallery images: seed, seedling, rootstock, resprout


  • Shaded damp areas in woodland, levee banks.
  • Uncommon in River flat forest, near creekline at the Australian Botanic Garden.
  • Resprouts after fire.


Ecology of Cumberland Plain Woodland

Pratia purpurascens plant

Pratia purpurascens flower