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Aristea cistiflora

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: Aristea

Distribution and habitat

Occurs on the lower southern slopes of the Langeberg Mountains in the Western Cape. Found in peaty sandstone soil and only flowers after fire or clearing of the vegetation.


Flowering time: August to mid September.


  • Goldblatt, P., Dold, A.P. and Manning, J.C. 2005. Three cryptic new species of Aristea (Iridaceae) from southern Africa. Bothalia 35(1): 1-6.

Text by Hamish Robertson