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Genus: Lapeirousia

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

Occurs from Nigeria and Ethiopia through to the Western Cape in South Africa. Of the 40 species, 38 are found in southern Africa. The greatest diversity is in the semi-arid habitats of the Northern Cape (Namaqualand and western karoo).

Flowers of Lapereirousia vary greatly in morphology according to the insects that pollinate them (Goldblatt & Manning 2000):

Species native to southern Africa

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

Lapeirousia anceps

Lapeirousia arenicola

 

Lapeirousia avasmontana

 

Lapeirousia azurea

Lapeirousia bainesii

 

Lapeirousia barklyi

 

Lapeirousia coerulea

 

Lapeirousia corymbosa

Lapeirousia divaricata

 

Lapeirousia dolomitica

 

Lapeirousia erythrantha

Lapeirousia exilis

 

Lapeirousia fabricii

Lapeirousia falcata

 

Lapeirousia fastigiata

 

Lapeirousia gracilis

 

Lapeirousia jacquinii

Lapeirousia littoralis

 

Lapeirousia macrospatha

 

Lapeirousia masukuensis

 

Lapeirousia micrantha

 

Lapeirousia montana

 

Lapeirousia neglecta

 

Lapeirousia odoratissima

Lapeirousia oreogena

Lapeirousia otaviensis

 

Lapeirousia plicata

 

Lapeirousia pyramidalis

Lapeirousia rivularis

 

Lapeirousia sandersonii

 

Lapeirousia schimperi

Lapeirousia setifolia

Recorded from Zimbabwe.

 

Lapeirousia silenoides

Lapeirousia simulans

 

Lapeirousia spinosa

 

Lapeirousia tenuis

 

Lapeirousia verecunda

 

Lapeirousia violacea

 

Publications

  • Goldblatt, P. 1972. A revision of the genera Lapeirousia Pourret and Anomatheca Ker in the winter rainfall region of South Africa. Contributions from the Bolus Herbarium 4.

  • Goldblatt, P. & Manning, J.C. 1992. Systematics of the southern African Lapeirousia corymbosa (Iridaceae-Ixioideae) complex (sect. Fastigiata) and a new species of sect. Paniculata. South African Journal of Botany 58: 326-336.

  • 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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