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Genus: Lapeirousia

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

Occurs from Nigeria and Ethiopia through to the Western Cape in South Africa. Of the 40 species, 38 are found in southern Africa. The greatest diversity is in the semi-arid habitats of the Northern Cape (Namaqualand and western karoo).

Flowers of Lapereirousia vary greatly in morphology according to the insects that pollinate them (Goldblatt & Manning 2000):

Species native to southern Africa

List from Plants of Southern Africa - an Online Checklist (SANBI) and Flora of Zimbabwe.

Lapeirousia anceps

Lapeirousia arenicola


Lapeirousia avasmontana


Lapeirousia azurea

Lapeirousia bainesii


Lapeirousia barklyi


Lapeirousia coerulea


Lapeirousia corymbosa

Lapeirousia divaricata


Lapeirousia dolomitica


Lapeirousia erythrantha

Lapeirousia exilis


Lapeirousia fabricii

Lapeirousia falcata


Lapeirousia fastigiata


Lapeirousia gracilis


Lapeirousia jacquinii

Lapeirousia littoralis


Lapeirousia macrospatha


Lapeirousia masukuensis


Lapeirousia micrantha


Lapeirousia montana


Lapeirousia neglecta


Lapeirousia odoratissima

Lapeirousia oreogena

Lapeirousia otaviensis


Lapeirousia plicata


Lapeirousia pyramidalis

Lapeirousia rivularis


Lapeirousia sandersonii


Lapeirousia schimperi

Lapeirousia setifolia

Recorded from Zimbabwe.


Lapeirousia silenoides

Lapeirousia simulans


Lapeirousia spinosa


Lapeirousia tenuis


Lapeirousia verecunda


Lapeirousia violacea



  • Goldblatt, P. 1972. A revision of the genera Lapeirousia Pourret and Anomatheca Ker in the winter rainfall region of South Africa. Contributions from the Bolus Herbarium 4.

  • Goldblatt, P. & Manning, J.C. 1992. Systematics of the southern African Lapeirousia corymbosa (Iridaceae-Ixioideae) complex (sect. Fastigiata) and a new species of sect. Paniculata. South African Journal of Botany 58: 326-336.

  • Goldblatt, P. & Manning, J.C. 2000. Iridaceae. In: In: Seed Plants of Southern Africa (ed. O.A. Leistner). Strelitzia 10: 623-638. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.