Moraea aristata

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Moraea aristata Asch. & Graebn.

Iridaceae

Life form: bulb or tuber
Usage: ornamental plant

Exposure: sun   9

Moisture: dry bis Moisture: moderately moist

Arrangement: alternate
Leaves: decidious

Shape: lanceolate

Division: simple

Shape: three-stellate
Fruit: loculicidal capsule

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Inflorescence: cymose corymb

Petals: not specified
Habit: not specified

Growth form: not specified

Taxonomy

Divisio:
Magnoliophyta
Subdivisio:
Magnoliophytina
Classis:
Liliopsida
Subclassis:
Liliidae
Superordo:
Lilianae
Ordo:
Iridales
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Moraea aristata belongs to the group of bulbous and tuberous plants.

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Naming

Moraea aristata was already described and the name validly published by Daniel Delaroche. It was Paul Friedrich August Ascherson and Karl Otto Robert Peter Paul Graebner, however, who reclassified it into todays valid botanical systematics in 1906.

Taxonomy

Moraea aristata is a species in the genus Moraea which contains approximately 203 to 214 species and belongs to the family of the Iridaceae (Iris Family). The type species of the genus is Moraea vegeta.

Characteristics

Growth

The plants reach heights of 25 to 35 centimetres.

Leaves

Moraea aristata is deciduous. The simple leaves are alternate. They are lanceolate with entire margins.

Flowers and Fruits

Moraea aristata produces cymose corymbs of white three-stellate flowers from June to July.

The plants produce loculicidal capsules.

Root System

Distribution

Moraea aristata is native to South Africa, Lesotho and Swaziland.

Cultivation

The plants prefer a sunny situation on dry to moderately moist soil. They tolerate temperatures down to -7°C (USDA zone 9).

Uses

Maintenance and Propagation

Cultivars

Pests and Diseases

Literature

  • Walter Erhardt, Erich Götz, Nils Bödeker, Siegmund Seybold: Der große Zander. Eugen Ulmer KG, Stuttgart 2008, ISBN 978-3-8001-5406-7. (Ger.)
  • Christoper Brickell (Editor-in-chief): RHS A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants. Third edition. Dorling Kindersley, London 2003, ISBN 0-7513-3738-2.

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