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Ixia ecklonii

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

Only recorded once, in the early 19th Century. No locality was given but is considered to have been collected from the Olifants River Valley, near Citrusdal, Western Cape, South Africa.

Conservation status

Critically Endangered, Possibly Extinct. Transformation of land to citrus orchards is probably responsible for loss of habitat.


  • Named and described as Ixia ecklonii by Goldblatt & Manning (2011).

Publications (by date)

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

  • von Staden L. 2012. Ixia ecklonii Goldblatt & J.C.Manning. National Assessment: Red List of South African Plants version 2013.1. Accessed on 2013/04/03.