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Ixia collina

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

Distribution is limited to the Breede River valley south of Worcester, where it occurs on moist, south-facing clay slopes of hills with karoo vegetation (de Vos, 1999a).


Flowers from late August to mid-September (de Vos, 1999a).


  • Named and described by Goldblatt & Snijman (1985).

Conservation status

Endangered, mainly due to its restricted distribution combined with ongoing habitat loss from vineyard expansion (Raimondo, 2008).

Publications (by date)

  • Goldblatt P, Snijman D. 1985. New species and notes on the southern African genus Ixia L. (Iridaceae). South African Journal of Botany 51: 66-70.

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

  • Raimondo D. 2008. Ixia collina Goldblatt & Snijman. National Assessment: Red List of South African Plants version 2013.1. Accessed on 2013/04/01.