Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Introduced

Annual or rhizomatous perennial herbs; corm usually short and thick. Leaves distichous in basal rosette, linear or ensiform, firm, closely ribbed. Inflorescence of various arrangement; outer bracts wholly or partially firm; inner ones membranous, brown or white, often lacerated; flowers blue, clustered, appearing in succession; perianth segments ± equal in length, spreading; twisting spirally after flowering; stamens free, inserted in tube, anther erect, linear-oblong; ovary oblong to clavate; style thread-like, stigmatic lobes 3, very short, spreading, flattened. Capsule oblong to cylindric, rigid.

About 60 species of southern and tropical Africa, and Madagascar Is.; 2 species have become naturalised in Australia.

Source: Conn, B.J. (1994). Iridaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 2, Ferns and Allied Plants, Conifers and Monocotyledons. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Andre Messina, 2014-10-20
Hero image
life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Lilianae
order Asparagales
family Iridaceae
Higher taxa
genus Aristea
Subordinate taxa