Aristea ecklonii

Species

Aristea ecklonii

Common Name(s)

aristea

Family

Iridaceae

Flora Category

Vascular - Exotic

Habitat

Shrubland, open and disturbed forest (esp Kauri) herbfields, bush margins, gumland, coastline, rocky and bare land, especially in warm areas.

Features

Evergreen, iris-like perennial to 45 cm tall. Rhizomes woody, leaves linear, to 40 x 1 cm, sword-shaped, folded in reddish-purple-based fans, mostly basal but few on the stem. Stem flattened, slightly winged. Flowers 2 cm diameter, deep blue, in many clusters of 5-7 loose panicles, very fragile, opening briefly in bright sunlight. Seed capsule 2 cm long, grooved; seeds flat, dark red-brown.

Similar Taxa

The small 3-petalled blue flowers on this iris-like plant are quite distinctive.

Flowering

October

Main Flower Colour

Blue

Year Naturalised

1975

Origin

trop & S Africa

Reason For Introduction
Accidental

Life Cycle Comments
Perennial

Reproduction
Spreads by seed.

Dispersal
People, wind, water.

This page last updated on 22 Aug 2011

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