Patersonia rosea (Iridaceae, Patersonioideae) a new species from the New South Wales central and lower north coast regions


  • Boris Branwhite Wyong Terrestrial Orchid Research, PO Box 115, Toukley, New South Wales
  • Richard W Jobson National Herbarium of New South Wales
  • David Albrecht



New Species, New South Wales, Iridaceae, Patersonia, Rare Species, Taxonomy, Systematics


Patersonia rosea Branwhite sp. nov. is described and illustrated, and notes provided on distribution, conservation status and habitat. Morphological differences that distinguish it from similar species of Patersonia are discussed and molecular data indicating relationships presented

Author Biography

Richard W Jobson, National Herbarium of New South Wales

Systematic Botanist


Baker WJ, Bailey P, Barber V, Barker A, Bellot S, Bishop D, Botigué LR, Brewer G, Carruthers T, Clarkson JJ, Cook J, Cowan RS, Dodsworth S, Epitawalage N, Françoso E, Gallego B, Johnson MG, Kim JT, Leempoel K, Maurin O, Mcginnie C, Pokorny L, Roy S, Stone M, Toledo E, Wickett NJ, Zuntini AR, Eiserhardt WL, Kersey PJ, Leitch IJ, Forest F (2022) A comprehensive phylogenomic platform for exploring the Angiosperm Tree of Life. Systematic Biology 71: 301–317.

Bell SAJ (2001) Notes on population size and habitat of the vulnerable Cryptostylis hunteriana Nicholls (Orchidaceae) from the Central Coast of New South Wales. Cunninghamia 7: 195–204.

Bell SAJ (2004) Distribution and habitat of the vulnerable tree species, Angophora inopina (Myrtaceae), on the Central Coast of New South Wales. Cunninghamia 8: 477–484.

Bell SAJ, Driscoll C (2016) Vegetation Mapping Report [Volume 1] and Vegetation Community Profiles [Volume 2], Lake Macquarie Local Government Area. Unpublished Report and Mapping to Lake Macquarie City Council. March 2016. Eastcoast Flora Survey. Available at:

Bell SAJ (2019) A Revised Interim Vegetation Classification of the Central Coast Local Government Area. Unpublished Report and Mapping to Central Coast Council. July 2019. Eastcoast Flora Survey. Mapping available at:

Cooke DA (1986) Iridaceae. In: George, AS ed. Flora of Australia. Volume 46. Pp. 1–66. Canberra: Australian Government Publishing Service.

Goldblatt P, Manning JC, Munzinger J, Lowry, PP (2011) A new native family and new endemic species for the flora of New Caledonia: Patersonia neocaledonica sp. nov. (Iridaceae, Patersonioideae), from the Mount Humboldt massif. Adansonia, sér. 3, 33: 201–208.

Goldblatt P (2012) Systematics of Patersonia (Iridaceae, Patersonioideae) in the Malesian Archipelago. Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden 98: 514–523.

Goldblatt P, Rodriguez A, Davies TJ, Manning JC, Powell MP, van der Bank M, Savolainen V (2008) Iridaceae ‘Out of Australasia’? Phylogeny, biogeography, and divergence time based on plastid DNA sequences. Systematic Botany 33: 495–508.

Guindon S, Gascuel O (2003) A simple, fast, and accurate method to estimate large phylogenies by maximum

likelihood. Systematic Biology 52: 696–704.

Jobson RW, Davies-Colley T (2020) Redescription of the suspended aquatic Utricularia aurea Lour. (sect.

Utricularia) and a new species U. adamsii for northern Australia. Telopea 23: 21–33.


Jobson RW, Baleeiro PC, Reut MS (2017) Molecular phylogeny of subgenus Polypompholyx (Utricularia;

Lentibulariaceae) based on three plastid markers: diversification and proposal for a new section. Australian

Systematic Botany 30: 259–278.

Jones DL (2001) Six new species and a new combination in Genoplesium R.Br. (Orchidaceae) from eastern

Australia. The Orchadian 13: 293–307.

Keighery GJ (1990) Patersonia spirafolia (Iridaceae), a new species from south-western Australia. Nuytsia 7:


McDougall KL (2006) The responses of native Australian plant species to Phytophthora cinnamomi. Appendix

Management of Phytophthora cinnamomi for biodiversity conservation in Australia: Part 2: 1–52.

Posada D (2008) jModelTest: phylogenetic model averaging. Molecular Biology and Evolution 25: 1253–1256.

Renner MAM, Towle BJ, Weston PH (2022) Two new species of Genoplesium R.Br. sensu lato (Orchidaceae:

Prasophyllinae) from the Central Coast of New South Wales. Telopea 25: 285–299. https://dx.doi.


Shaw J, Shafer HL, Leonard OR, Kovach MJ, Schorr M, Morris AB (2005) The tortoise and the hare II: relative

utility of 21 noncoding chloroplast DNA sequences for phylogenetic analysis. American Journal of Botany

: 142–166.

Stanford AM, Harden R, Parks CR (2000) Phylogeny and biogeography of Juglans (Juglandaceae) based on

matK and ITS sequence data. American Journal of Botany 87: 872–882.

Toelken HR (2013) Notes on Hibbertia subg. Hemistemma (Dilleniaceae) 9. The eastern Australian H. vestita

group, including H. pedunculata and H. serpyllifolia. Journal of the Adelaide Botanic Gardens 26: 31–69.

White TJ, Bruns T, Lee S, Taylor JW (1990) Amplification and direct sequencing of fungal ribosomal RNA

genes for phylogenetics. In PCR protocols: a guide to methods and applications. (Eds MA Innis, DH Gelfand,

JJ Sninsky, TJ White) pp. 315–322. (Academic Press, Inc.: New York, NY, USA)