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Ixia aurea

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 > Genus: Ixia

Distribution and habitat

Occurs in a few isolated populations from Piketberg to Citrusdal and Darling, Western Cape, South Africa(Raimondo & von Staden, 2012). Known from Granite Fynbos above the Darling to Yzerfontein road  (de Vos, 1999a).


Flowers from September to early October, during which time their yellow-orange flowers can make a "brilliant display" (de Vos, 1999a).

Conservation status

Endangered (Raimondo & von Staden, 2012).

Publications (by date)

  • de Vos MP. 1999. Ixia. In: Flora of southern Africa 7(2), fascicle 1: 3-87.

  • Goldblatt P, Manning JC. 2011. Systematics of the southern African genus Ixia (Iridaceae). 3. Sections Hyalis and Morphixia. Bothalia 41(1):83-134.

  • Raimondo D, von Staden L. 2012. Ixia aurea J.C.Manning & Goldblatt. National Assessment: Red List of South African Plants version 2013.1. Accessed on 2013/03/31