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Ixia capillaris

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

Widespread in the southwestern region of the Western Cape, South Africa: from Clanwilliam to Cape Town, Ceres, Worcester, Ladismith, Laingsburg and Riversdale. Has a broad habitat range that includes flats, hills and mountain slopes, in sandy or clay soils (de Vos, 1999a).


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

Conservation status

Least concern (Foden & Potter, 2005).

Publications (by date)

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

  • Foden W, Potter L. 2005. Ixia capillaris L.f. National Assessment: Red List of South African Plants version 2013.1. Accessed on 2013/04/01