Mystery Iridaceae from the former Transvaal, SA

aaron floden
Sat, 19 May 2007 19:31:57 PDT

 From the description I would go with Aristea, I

 Aaron Floden

--- Aqua Flora <> wrote:

> Dear group,
> I am hoping someone can help me identify a species
> of Iridaceae I have
> sighted growing on the Magaliesberg Mountains in the
> former Transvaal
> province of South Africa (now Gauteng).
> Unfortunately I do not have a photo, but I hope my
> description will be
> sufficient to at least point me to the right genus.
> The plants were growing on a north facing slope, in
> crevices on a rock sheet
> which has some water seepage after rains. The plants
> were in flower during
> January (mid summer) and seeds where ripe by April.
> The flowers were
> approximately 2 cm in diameter and of a lilac-blue
> colour. The most striking
> feature was the multiple branched inflorescences
> which were about 30 cm tall
> and were in flower for 2-3 weeks.
> I can not recall how the leaves looked, but they
> were not longer than the
> inflorescence at time of flowering. There was a
> whole colony of them and not
> just a few scattered individuals.
> My first thought was Moraea, but I can't find
> anything similar in, The
> Moraea's of Southern Africa, by Goldblatt.
> Any help, advice, suggestions etc. are most welcome!
> Thanks!
> Pieter van der Walt
> South Africa
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