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Genus: Ferraria

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

Total of 13 species, all native to southern Africa, distribution extending to south tropical Africa. Most species are found along the west coast of South Africa (Western and Northern Cape), mainly in sandy soils.

Species native to southern Africa

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

Ferraria brevifolia


Ferraria crispa

Ferraria densepunctulata

Ferraria divaricata

Ferraria ferrariola

Ferraria foliosa


Ferraria glutinosa


Ferraria kamiesbergensis


Ferraria macrochlamys


Ferraria ovata


Ferraria schaeferi

Ferraria uncinata


Ferraria variabilis


  • de Vos, M.P. 1979. The African genus Ferraria. Journal of South African Botany 45: 295-375.