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Ixia calendulacea

[= Ixia maculata var. intermedia]

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

Broadly distributed on the West Coast coastal plain, from the Groenrivier Mouth in the Northern Cape to Langebaan in the Western Cape, South Africa, and occurring inland to Porterville and the Olifants River Valley. Also recorded from a small population on the Cape Flats, near Cape Town (Raimondo et al., 2011).



Conservation status

Near threatened (Raimondo et al., 2011): habitat is being reduced by rooibos tea and potato cultivation.

Publications (by date)

  • Goldblatt P, Manning JC. 2010. Iridaceae: Reappraisal of Ixia maculata with I. calendulacea sp. nov., and an earlier name for I. lutea. Bothalia 40(1):59-64.

  • Raimondo D, Manning JC, von Staden L. 2011. Ixia calendulacea Goldblatt & J.C.Manning. National Assessment: Red List of South African Plants version 2013.1. Accessed on 2013/04/01.