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Re: SPEC: Moreaea polystachya

From: Wjobe@aol.com

About 100 spp of per. herbs with tunicate corms., native to trop. and S. Afr.;
sts. simple or branched; lvs. usually few, linear; fls fugacious, in clusters 
 on cylindrical st.,
perianthm tube none, perianth segms. 6, clawed, outer 3 reflexed or 
spreading, inner 3 
usually smaller, sometimes reduced and  3-toothed, stamens 3, filaments often 
more or
less united into a tube, style brs.3, petal-like, stigmas bifid or rarely 
feathery; fr. a 3-valved caps.

Tender in the North; they thrive in Fla. and Calif.  Cultivation as for Iris, 
which these plants
resemble.  Some species are poisonous to cattle.

angustata ( Thumb.) Ker-Gawl. Sts. simple, to 1 ft.; lvs. 2 or 3 , 
cylindrical, to 16 in. long;
perianth dull yellow or pale brown, veined with purple, outer segms. with a 
bright yellow
basal spot.  S. Afr.

bicolor: Dietes bicolor.
catenulata: Dietes vegata  .
collina var. ochroleuca: Homeria ochroleuca

edulis  (L.f.) Ker-Gawl. Sts. to 2 1/2 ft. , slender, cylindrical; lvs.
3-7, linear or clindrical, to 4 1/2 ft. long; infl. branched; fls. about 
2 in across, fragrant, perianth mauve or white, outer segms. with
yellow basal spots, claws pubescent. S. Afr.

glaucopis: M. tricuspidata.

gracilis Bak. Sts. simple, to 15 in.; lvs. 2, basal, clindrical, shorter than 
perianth less than 1 in. long, yellow. Angola.

grandiflora: Homeria Breyniana.

Huttonii (Bak.) Oberm. similar to M. spathulata, with which it has been 
but sheathes of old lvs. absent or inconspicuous, fls. smaller, 
buttercup-yellow, basal 
spots of segms. dark yellow edged with  short dark brown lines, caps. smaller 
rounder. S. Afr.

iridoides: Dietes vegata.

juncea L. ( M. tristis Ker-Gawl.) . Sts. to 1 ft.; lvs 3 or 4, mostly basal, 
linear, grasslike.
to 1 1/2 ft. long; perianth to 1 in. long , yellow-brown, marked with blue, 
outer sgms.
with a bright yellow basal spot.  S. Afr.

neopavonia R. Foster (M. Pavonia (L.f.) Ker-Gawl.;Iris Pavonia L.f.)  PEACOCK 
Sts. 1-2 ft. ;lf. solitary, linear, pilose; perianth about 1 1/4 in. long, 
orange-red, outer segms.
with blue-black or green- black basal spot.  S. Afr. Var. villosa: M. villosa.

Pavonia:  M. neopavonia. Var.villosa: M. villosa.

polystachya (Thumb.) Ker-Gawl. Sts. to 3 1/2 ft.lvs. 4, linear,
to 2 ft. long,  prominently ribbed; infl. corymbose; perianth to
1 1/2 in. long, lilac, outer segms. with large yellow basal spot.  S. Afr.
ramosa: M. ramosissima.

ramosissima (L.f.) Druce (  M.ramosa (Thumb.) Ker- Gawl.). Sts to 3 ft.,
stout, much branched; basal lvs.3,linear, to 2 1/2 ft. long, with cormlets in
axils; infl. corymbose; fls. fragrant, perianth bright yellow, outer segms. 
brown or gray basal spot.  S. Afr.

Robinsoniana: Dietes Robinsoniana.

spathacea: M. spathulata.

spathulata (L.f.) Klatt ( M. spathacea (Thumb.) Ker-Gawl.).  Sts. to 4 ft.; 
sword-shaped, to 2 ft. long, with long, fibrous, often reticulate old sheaths 
fls. fragrant, perianth to 2 in long, bright yellow.  S. Afr.

tricuspidata (L.f.) G.J.Lewis ( M. glaucopis (DC.) Drap.). Sts. to 2 ft.; 
lvs. 3 or 4, linear,
to 2 1/2 ft. long; perianth 1 1/4 in. long, white, outer segms. with a 
circular, blue-black 
basal spot.  S. Afr.
tripetala (L.f.) Ker-Gawl. Sts. to 1 1/2 ft.; lvs. 3 or 4, linear, to 20 in 
fls. faintly fragrant, perianth to 1 1/4 in. long, lilac or pale blue, outer 
with a triangular, yellow basal spot.  S. Afr.

tristus: M. juncea.

undulata Ker-Gawl.  Sts. to 6 in. long; lf. solitary, linear, to 1 ft. 
somewhat wavy; fls. few, perianth to 1 in. long, lilac.  S. Afr.

vegata: Dietes vegata.

villosa ( Ker-Gawl.) Ker- Gawl. ( M. pavonia var. villosa (Ker-Gawl.) Bak.).
Sts. to 1 ft.; lf. solitary, linear, to 2 ft. long, hairy; perianth to 1 1/4 
in. long,
segms. bright purple, with a narrow area of  bluish-black and a basal  yellow 
streaked with purple-brown, outer segms. bearded.  S. Afr.

zambesiaca Bak. Sts. to 1 ft.; lf. solitary, linear, to 1 1/2 ft. long; 
perianth to 2 in. long,
lilac-purple.  Trop. Afr.

I donít know if all this info will help or just confuse the subject more, but 
there it is!!
I guess if you dig them up and it has a rhizome, it is a Dietes and if it has 
a corm it is a Moraea!!

Leslie Jobe in KY

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