The Orange Spade Flower (Hybanthus aurantiacus) are perennials.

Belonging to the Violaceae (violet family), the Orange spade flower has a large lower petal about 7-15 mm long and 4 smaller petals 3-6 mm. The leaves are up to 4 cm long, narrow and margins are usually toothed. Found growing anywhere between 9 to 40 cm in high.

Has been found growing throughout Central Australia including Ellery Creek Big Hole, and Finke Gorge National Park.


  • Scientific classification
  • Kingdom: Plantae
  • Clade: Tracheophytes
  • Clade: Angiosperms
  • Clade: Eudicots
  • Clade: Rosids
  • Order: Malpighiales
  • Family: Violaceae
  • Genus: Hybanthus
  • Species: H. aurantiacus
  • Binomial name: Hybanthus aurantiacus

Footnote & References

  1. Wildflowers & Plants of Inland Australia by Anne Urban, ISBN: 0-646-41688-X