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Moraea flaccida (Sweet) Steud.
Family Iridaceae
Common name: One-leaved Cape Tulip

Moraea flaccida (Sweet) Steud. APNI*

Synonyms: Homeria flaccida Steud. APNI*

Description: Herb 25–60 cm high; corm c. 20 mm diam.

Leaf solitary, inserted above ground level, longer than stem, 9–13 mm wide.

Scape well-branched; bracts 2–6 cm long; outer spathe bract 3–4 cm long, inner 6–8 cm long. Perianth salmon-orange or yellow with yellow markings at base; tepals 2.7–4 cm long, claws forming an open cup 1–2 cm diam.; outer tepals oblong, inner tepals oblanceolate. Filaments fused into a tube 6–8 mm long, smooth to sparsely hairy in lower part; anthers 8–11 mm long, coherent below, divergent above. Stigmas 2-lobed; style crests erect to incurved, triangular, c. 1 mm long.

Capsule 2.5–5.5 cm long; beak acute, c. 2–3 mm long.

Photo Tanja Lenz

Flowering: September–October

Distribution and occurrence: A weed of pastures, roadsides and disturbed ground; south from the Hunter Valley. Native of S Afr.
NSW subdivisions: *CC, *SC, *NWS, *SWS
Other Australian states: *Vic. *Tas. *W.A. *S.A.
AVH map***

Text by T. A. James & E. A. Brown
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 4 (1993)

APNI* Provides a link to the Australian Plant Name Index (hosted by the Australian National Botanic Gardens) for comprehensive bibliographic data
***The AVH map option provides a detailed interactive Australia wide distribution map drawn from collections held by all major Australian herbaria participating in the Australian Virtual Herbarium project.
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