African Plant Database

Moraea spathulata (L. f.) Klatt
Protologue : Consp. Fl. Afr. 5: 152 (1894)
Information on the genus : Moraea
Basionym : Iris spathulata L. f.
Status for SA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Homotypic
 Iris spathulata L. f.
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=Iris spathacea Thunb.
=Moraea spathacea (Thunb.) Ker Gawl.
=Moraea balenii Stent (1928)
=Moraea spathulata subsp. autumnalis Goldblatt
=Moraea spathulata subsp. saxosa Goldblatt
=Moraea spathulata subsp. transvaalensis Goldblatt
=Moraea longispatha Klatt
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Herb 0,5-1,5 m tall, solitary or usually in clumps; corm 1,5-2 cm Ø; cataphylls prominent, dark brown; leaf solitary 1-1,6 cm wide, much longer than stem; stem simple or occasionally bearing 1 branch; flower pale yellow, with deep yellow nectar guides; outer tepals 3-4 cm long, spreading to reflexed; inner ones 3-4 cm long, erect.
Ecology : Mostly in well watered areas in rocky grassland; edge of forest or bush.
  Grown as an ornamental, hardy in Britain (these corms collected around Port Elizabeth, S. Africa; cf. The Botanics 34: 15, 2008; European Garden Flora, ed. 2, 1, Monocot.: 265, 2011).
South. Afr.
Biol./Eco : perennial-Herb, Geophyte- Ht 0.38 - 1.52 m. Alt: 30 - 2745 m. Distribution: LES, EC, FS, KN, MP, WC, SWZ
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Record n°22000 modified 2007-01-19
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