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Moraea miniata Andrews
Family Iridaceae
Common name: Two-leaved Cape Tulip

Moraea miniata Andrews APNI*

Synonyms: Homeria miniata (Andrews) Sweet APNI*

Description: Herb 30–60 cm high producing numerous bulbils in leaf axils after flowering; corm 10–25 mm diam.

Leaves 2 or 3, ± basal, 20–100 cm long, 5–15 mm wide.

Scape branched; bracts 3–5 cm long; spathes with brown scarious apex; outer bract 3–4 cm long, inner 4–6 cm long. Perianth pink, with yellow triangular marks at base; tepals similar, elliptic, 1.3–2.3 cm long with claws c. 2 mm long. Filaments fused in tube 6–8 mm long, swollen and pubescent at base; anthers c. 2 mm long, coherent. Stigmas terminal, minute; style crests absent.

Capsule c. 1.5 cm long, obtuse.

Flowering: August–October

Distribution and occurrence: A serious weed of pastures, roadsides and disturbed ground; south from Muswellbrook. Native of S Afr.
NSW subdivisions: *NC, *CWS, *SWP
Other Australian states: *Vic. *W.A. *S.A.
AVH map***

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

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***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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