It is leafless and grows to between 0.15 and 0.5 metres in height and produces purple flowers between July and November in its native range.
The species was first described by the botanist Robert Brown.
The species occurs in all Australian states and the Northern Territory.
- "Thysanotus patersonii". FloraBase. Western Australian Government Department of Parks and Wildlife.
- "Thysanotus patersonii ". Australian Plant Name Index (APNI), IBIS database. Centre for Plant Biodiversity Research, Australian Government, Canberra. Retrieved 2008-06-05.
- S. McCune & D.W. Hardin. "New South Wales Flora Online: Thysanotus patersonii". Royal Botanic Gardens & Domain Trust, Sydney, Australia.
- "Thysanotus patersonii". Electronic Flora of South Australia Fact Sheet. State Herbarium of South Australia. Retrieved 2008-06-05.
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