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Genus: Nivenia

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 10 species are endemic to the Western Cape.

The long tubed flowers are adapted for pollination by bees and long-proboscid flies (Nemestrinidae: Prosoeca) (Goldblatt & Manning 2000; Goldblatt & Bernhardt 1990).

Species native to southern Africa

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

Nivenia argentea


Nivenia binata


Nivenia concinna


Nivenia corymbosa

Nivenia dispar


Nivenia fruticosa


Nivenia inaequalis

Nivenia levynsiae

Nivenia parviflora

Nivenia stenosiphon


Nivenia stokoei


  • Goldblatt, P. 1993. The Woody Iridaceae: Systematics, Biology and Evolution of Nivenia, Klattia and Witsenia. Timber Press, Portland, Oregon.

  • Goldblatt, P. & Bernhardt, P. 1990. Pollination biology of Nivenia (Iridaceae) and the presence of heterostylous self-compatibility. Israel Journal of Botany 39: 93-111.

  • 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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