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Aristea elliptica

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 in the Eastern Cape, from the Zuurberg Mountains in the west to the Fish River Mouth in the east. It is found in fynbos and grassy fynbos mainly on sandstone slopes and frequently on rocky outcrops.


Flowering time: August to October.


  • 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