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|Family: Iridaceae||View Description||Dichotomous Key|
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Habit: Perennial herb; corm generally round, cover fibrous. Stem: erect, branched or not. Inflorescence: spike; flowers few to many, flower bracts generally membranous, outer 3-lobed to -toothed, inner 2-lobed or -toothed. Flower: generally radial; perianth +- salverform or bell-shaped, tube straight, linear or funnel-shaped, lobes +- equal, spreading; stamens free; style branches entire. Fruit: thin-walled. Seed: many, small, rounded, coat hard.
Species In Genus: +- 75 species: southern Africa. Etymology: (Greek: ixias, classically the 'chameleon plant' (Loranthus), possibly because the seeds of those plants are sticky like a chameleon's tongue, but evidently applied arbitrarily by Linnaeus to these plants)
eFlora Treatment Author: Peter Goldblatt
Jepson Online Interchange
Previous taxon: Iris thompsonii
Next taxon: Ixia maculata
Citation for this treatment: Peter Goldblatt 2016. Ixia, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/cgi-bin/get_IJM.pl?tid=9435, accessed on April 30, 2016.
Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2016. Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/IJM.html, accessed on April 30, 2016.