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This genus is accepted, and its native range is S. DR Congo to S. Africa.
Ferraria sp.

[FZ]

Iridaceae, P. Goldblatt. Flora Zambesiaca 12:4. 1993

Morphology General Habit
Perennial herbs with depressed-globose corms, aerial parts dying hack annually; corm tunics evanescent (lacking in herbarium collections).
Morphology Leaves
Leaves several to many, the lower 2–3 entirely stem-sheathing and membranous (cataphylls); foliage leaves (sometimes lacking at anthesis) equitant, lanceolate to linear, 1-several, with or without a midrib.
Morphology Stem
Stems branched or simple, terete, sometimes sticky below the nodes.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescence composed of several flower clusters (rhipidia); rhipidia terminal on the main and lateral axes, several-flowered; spathes herbaceous, the inner exceeding the outer.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers actinomorphic, often dull-coloured and speckled, usually unpleasantly scented.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Tepal
Tepals free, the outer 3 larger than the inner, unguiculate, the limbs usually with crisped margins.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Filaments united into a column in the lower part, free and diverging above, anthers appressed to the style branches, the thecae parallel or divergent.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Pistil
Ovary included or excluded, style slender, concealed by the filament column, dividing into 3 flattened branches, these finely fringed above, the stigma lobe abaxial, at the base of the fringe.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Capsules oblong-obovoid, sometimes rostrate.

Native to:

Angola, Botswana, Cape Provinces, Malawi, Namibia, Northern Provinces, Zambia, Zaïre, Zimbabwe

Introduced into:

Baleares, Canary Is., Madeira, Norfolk Is., Portugal, South Australia, Spain, Victoria, Western Australia

Ferraria Burm. ex Mill. appears in other Kew resources:

First published in Fig. Pl. Gard. Dict. 2: 187 (1759)

Accepted by

  • Cooke, D.A. (1986). Flora of Australia 46: i-xii, 1-247. Australian Government Publishing Service, Canberra.
  • Goldblatt, P. & Manning, J.C. (2011). Systematica and biology of the African genus Ferraria (Iridaceae: Irideae) Bothalia 41: 1-40.
  • Govaerts, R. (2001). World Checklist of Seed Plants Database in ACCESS E-F: 1-50919.
  • Innes, C. (1985). The World of Iridaceae: 1-407. Holly Gare International Ltd., Ashington.

Literature

Flora Zambesiaca

  • Fig, Pl. Card. Diet.: 187, Pl. CCLXXX (1759).
  • de Vos in J. S. African Bot. 45: 327–375 (1979).

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