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Genus: Tritonia

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 South Africa through to Tanzania but most of the 27 species are found in the winter rainfall region of the Western Cape and Namaqualand (Northern Cape).

Most species have flowers pollinated by long-tongued bees but there are long-tubed species that are pollinated by long-proboscid flies such as Philoliche (Tabanidae) and Moegistorhynchus (Nemestrinidae) (Goldblatt & Manning 2000).

Species native to southern Africa

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

Tritonia atrorubens

 

Tritonia bakeri

 

Tritonia chrysantha

 

Tritonia cooperi

Tritonia crocata

 

Tritonia deusta

 

Tritonia disticha

Tritonia drakensbergensis

 

Tritonia dubia

 

Tritonia flabellifolia

Tritonia florentiae

 

Tritonia gladiolaris

[=Tritonia lineata]

Tritonia kamisbergensis

 

Tritonia karooica

Tritonia lancea

 

Tritonia laxifolia

Tritonia marlothii

 

Tritonia moggii

Recorded from Mozambique.

Tritonia nelsonii

 

Tritonia pallida

Tritonia parvula

 

Tritonia securigera

 

Tritonia securigera

Tritonia squalida

 

Tritonia strictifolia

 

Tritonia tugwelliae

 

Tritonia undulata

[= Tritonia crispa]

Publications

  • de Vos, M.P. 1982. The African genus Tritonia Ker-Gawler 1. Journal of South African Botany 48: 105-163.

  • de Vos, M.P. 1983. The African genus Tritonia Ker-Gawler 2. Journal of South African Botany 49: 347-422.

  • de Vos, M.P. 1999. Ixia, Tritonia, Crocosmia, Duthieastrum, Chasmanthe. Flora of southern Africa 7,2, fascicle 1: 1-147.

  • 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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