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Genus: Bobartia

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

Fifteen species, endemic to the Western and Eastern Cape, found mainly in montane rocky sandstone soils and particularly prevalent after fires.

Species native to southern Africa

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

Bobartia aphylla


Bobartia fasciculata


Bobartia filiformis


Bobartia gladiata

Bobartia gracilis


Bobartia indica

Bobartia lilacina


Bobartia longicyma


Bobartia macrocarpa


Bobartia macrospatha


Bobartia orientalis


Bobartia paniculata


Bobartia parva


Bobartia robusta


Bobartia rufa


The flowers are probably pollinated by pollen-collecting bees.


  • Goldblatt, P. & Rudall, P. 1992. Relationships of the southern African genus Bobartia (Iridaceae). South African Journal of Botany 58: 304309.
  • Strid, A. 1974. A taxonomic revision of Bobartia L. (Iridaceae). Opera Botanica 37: 1-45.