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Genus Herbertia Family Iridaceae

Description: Small, bulbous perennial herbs with annual leaves and flowers.

Leaves basal, linear, folded longitudinally.

Flowering stem erect, simple or branched, with reduced sheathing leaves; inflorescence few-flowered; spathe bracts herbaceous, with dry, brown, acute apices, inner bract larger than outer one. Flowers actinomorphic. Perianth blue to violet; tepals free; outer tepals clawed, spreading, far exceeding inner ones. Stamens monadelphous. Style erect, terete, 3-branched; branches appressed to anthers, channelled, 2-fid near apices; stigmas 6.


Distribution and occurrence: World: 6 species, North & South America. Australia: 1 species (naturalized).

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

One species in NSW: Herbertia lahue

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