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Genus Aristea Family Iridaceae

Description: Perennial evergreen herbs; rhizome woody.

Leaves several, basal, distichous, equitant, erect or in flattened fan; cauline leaves absent or few. Scape compressed or subterete, branched; inflorescence cymose or paniculate; spathes >2-flowered, flowers sessile or pedicellate; lower spathe bracts ± leathery, scarious or papery, upper and inner bracts membranous.

Flowers actinomorphic. Perianth tube short; tepals equal or unequal, spreading, twisting spirally after flowering. Stamens exserted, spreading; filaments free. Style filiform, unbranched or occasionally with 3 short, minutely crested lobes.

Capsule oblong or ± cylindrical; seeds numerous, globose or angled.


Distribution and occurrence: World: c. 50 species, southern & tropical Africa. Australia: 1 species (naturalized).

Text by T. A. James & E. A. Brown
Taxon concept:

One species in NSW: Aristea ecklonii

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