Aristea Aiton

Latin arista – an awn of barley or wheat, referring to the appearance of the spathes in some species.

Perennial evergreen herbs with woody rhizome, forming tussocks. Leaves basal, sword-shaped with several prominent veins. Flowers in a panicle of clusters each with a spathe. Perianth tube very short; segments spreading, spirally twisted together after flowering, the outer ones slightly shorter than the inner. Stamens free, protruding. Style unbranched with a flat 3-lobed stigma.

50 species in southern Africa and Madagascar.

Seed or division.

Intense blue flowers, evergreen tussocks of ridged leaves.

Vincent (1985), Goldblatt (1995), Goldblatt et al. (2002).

Source: Cooke, D. (2005). Iridaceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 5. Flowering plants. Monocotyledons. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

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kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Lilianae
order      Asparagales
family       Iridaceae
Higher taxa
Subordinate taxa
species         Aristea bakeri Klatt
species         Aristea ecklonii Baker