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Ixia esterhuyseniae

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 in a small area of fynbos on the Jonkershoek and Hottentot Holland Mountains, Western Cape, South Africa, at an elevation of 900-1200 m (de Vos, 1999a). Grows in seeps and along drainage lines (Goldblatt et al., 2012).


Flowers from late December to early January (de Vos, 1999a).

Conservation status

Rare (Goldblatt et al., 2012) - has a restricted range but is well protected.

Publications (by date)

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

  • Goldblatt P, Manning JC, von Staden L. 2012. Ixia esterhuyseniae M.P.de Vos. National Assessment: Red List of South African Plants version 2013.1. Accessed on 2013/04/03.