Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Introduced

Perennial herb, leaves and flowers annual, dormant in summer; corm tuber-like, outer layers naked or membranous. Leaves basal and cauline, few to numerous, loosely equitant, linear. Inflorescence with scape erect, terete, leafy, branched, with 2–6 clusters of flowers. Flowers dull-coloured, soon withering, very shortly pedicellate, malodorous, perianth parts subequal, abruptly narrowed basally, spreading distally; stamens united; anthers versatile, appressed to style branches; ovary narrow, enclosed by primary bracts; style erect, filiform, with 3 flattened branches distally, stigmas minute, exceeded by 2 broad, fringed lobes. Capsule globose to club-shaped; seeds numerous, angular.

10 species, widespread in southern Africa; 1 species 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.
life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Lilianae
order Asparagales
family Iridaceae
Higher taxa
genus Ferraria
Subordinate taxa