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Ixia brunneobractea

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 near Nieuwoudtville in the Northern Cape, South Africa, in marshy places close to the edge of the escarpment (600-900 m elevation) (de Vos, 1999a). Prefers deep sandy soils.


Flowers from September to October (de Vos, 1999a).

Conservation status

Vulnerable (Helme et al., 2012). Habitat is being destroyed by rooibos tea cultivation - rooibos tea grows well in deep sandy soils, which overlaps with the habitat requirements of Ixia brunneobractea.

Publications (by date)

  • de Vos MP. 1999a. 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.

  • Helme NA, Raimondo D, von Staden L. 2012. Ixia brunneobractea G.J.Lewis. National Assessment: Red List of South African Plants version 2013.1. Accessed on 2013/04/01