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Genus: Geissorhiza

Life > eukaryotes > Archaeoplastida > Chloroplastida > Charophyta > Streptophytina > Plantae (land plants) > Tracheophyta (vascular plants) > Euphyllophyta > Lignophyta (woody plants) > Spermatophyta (seed plants) > Angiospermae (flowering plants) > Monocotyledons > Order: Asparagales > Family: Iridaceae

The 100 species are endemic to South Africa, found mainly in the Western Cape but also in Northern and Eastern Cape.

Most of the species are pollinated by generalist pollinators such as bees and monkey beetles (Hopliini). The pale pink, long-tubed flowers are pollinated by long-proboscid flies (Tabanidae and Nemestrinidae) (Goldblatt & Manning 2000).

Species native to southern Africa

List from Plants of Southern Africa - an Online Checklist (SANBI).

Geissorhiza alticola

 

Geissorhiza altimontana

 

Geissorhiza arenicola

 

Geissorhiza aspera

Geissorhiza barkerae

 

Geissorhiza bolusii

 

Geissorhiza bonaspei

 

Geissorhiza bracteata

 

Geissorhiza brevituba

 

Geissorhiza brehmii

 

Geissorhiza bryicola

 

Geissorhiza burchellii

 

Geissorhiza callista

 

Geissorhiza cantharophila

 

Geissorhiza cataractarum

 

Geissorhiza cedarmontana

 

Geissorhiza ciliatula

 

Geissorhiza confusa

 

Geissorhiza corrugata

 

Geissorhiza darlingensis

 

Geissorhiza delicatula

 

Geissorhiza demissa

 

Geissorhiza divaricata

 

Geissorhiza elsiae

 

Geissorhiza erosa

 

Geissorhiza erubescens

 

Geissorhiza esterhuyseniae

 

Geissorhiza eurystigma

Geissorhiza exilis

 

Geissorhiza exscapa

 

Geissorhiza foliosa

 

Geissorhiza fourcadei

 

Geissorhiza furva

 

Geissorhiza geminata

 

Geissorhiza grandiflora

 

Geissorhiza helmei

 

Geissorhiza hesperanthoides

 

Geissorhiza heterostyla

 

Geissorhiza hispidula

Geissorhiza humilis

 

Geissorhiza imbricata

[photo Colin Paterson-Jones ]

Geissorhiza inaequalis

 

Geissorhiza inconspicua

 

Geissorhiza inflexa

Geissorhiza intermedia

 

Geissorhiza juncea

 

Geissorhiza kamiesmontana

 

Geissorhiza karooica

 

Geissorhiza lapidosa

 

Geissorhiza leipoldtii

 

Geissorhiza lewisiae

 

Geissorhiza lithicola

 

Geissorhiza longifolia

 

Geissorhiza louisabolusiae

 

Geissorhiza malmesburiensis

 

Geissorhiza mathewsii

 

Geissorhiza minuta

 

Geissorhiza monanthos

Geissorhiza monticola

 

Geissorhiza namaquensis

 

Geissorhiza nana

 

Geissorhiza nigromontana

 

Geissorhiza nubigena

 

Geissorhiza ornithogaloides

 

Geissorhiza ornithogaloides

 

Geissorhiza outeniquensis

 

Geissorhiza ovalifolia

 

Geissorhiza ovata

Geissorhiza pappei

 

Geissorhiza parva

 

Geissorhiza platystigma

 

Geissorhiza pseudinaequalis

 

Geissorhiza purpurascens

 

Geissorhiza purpureolutea

Geissorhiza pusilla

 

Geissorhiza radians

Geissorhiza ramosa

 

Geissorhiza reclinata

 

Geissorhiza roseoalba

 

Geissorhiza rupicola

 

Geissorhiza saxicola

 

Geissorhiza schinzii

 

Geissorhiza scillaris

 

Geissorhiza scopulosa

 

Geissorhiza setacea

 

Geissorhiza silenoides

 

Geissorhiza similis

 

Geissorhiza spiralis

 

Geissorhiza splendidissima

Geissorhiza stenosiphon

 

Geissorhiza subrigida

 

Geissorhiza sufflava

 

Geissorhiza sulphurascens

 

Geissorhiza tabularis

 

Geissorhiza tenella

 

Geissorhiza tricolor

 

Geissorhiza tulbaghensis

Geissorhiza uliginosa

 

Geissorhiza umbrosa

 

Geissorhiza unifolia

 

Publications

  • Goldblatt, P. 1985. Revision of the southern African genus Geissorhiza (Iridaceae: Ixioideae). Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden 72: 277-447.

  • Goldblatt, P. & Manning, J.C. 2000. Iridaceae. In: In: Seed Plants of Southern Africa (ed. O.A. Leistner). Strelitzia 10: 623-638. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.

 

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