Scientific Name:
Moraea Mill., Fig. Pl. Gard. Dict. 2, 159, t. 238 (1758)
  • = Vieusseuxia D.Delaroche, Descr. Pl. Aliq. Nov. 31 (1766)
  • = Galaxia Thunb., Nov. Gen. Pl. [Thunberg] 50 (1782)
  • = Hexaglottis Vent. (1808)
  • = Homeria Vent. (1809)
  • = Gynandriris Parl., Nuovi Gen. Sp. 49 (1854)
  • = Barnardiella Goldblatt (1977)

Corm globose; tunic of coarse woody fibres. Basal leaves 1–3, bifacial. Inflorescence simple to corymbose. Flowers funnel-shaped, fugacious, pedicelled, 2–4 opening successively within terminal paired spathe-valves; tube short or 0; lobes subequal, spreading. Stamens with filaments united in a tube round style. Style-branches short, broadly cuneate, truncate, or shortly bifid occasionally with 2 very small incurved crests. Spp. 37, all of S.Africa. Adventive sp. 1.

[From: Healy and Edgar (1980) Flora of New Zealand. Volume 3 as Homeria Vent.]

Number of species in New Zealand within Moraea Mill.
Exotic: Fully Naturalised2
Exotic: Casual2
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