1. Family: Iridaceae Juss.
    1. Genus: Lapeirousia Pourr.
      1. Lapeirousia littoralis Baker

        This species is accepted, and its native range is S. Tropical & S. Africa.

    [FZ]

    Iridaceae, P. Goldblatt. Flora Zambesiaca 12:4. 1993

    Habit
    Plants (5)10–35 cm high.
    Corms
    Corms campanulate, 10–14 mm in diameter at the base: tunics brown, woody, the outer layers breaking irregularly, rarely becoming fibrous, the basal margin crenate to denticulate.
    Leaves
    Leaves few to several, 1.5–4 mm wide, linear, lightly corrugated, the lowermost inserted on the stem at or just below the ground and longer than the rest,equalling the inflorescence in length, rarely somewhat longer, ascending to falcate or trailing, the upper leaves shorter.
    Stem
    Stem simple or branched, more or less terete to weakly angled below the nodes: the branches either crowded below, or laxly arranged.
    Inflorescences
    Inflorescence comprising 1–several lax to fairly congested spikes of 5–12 flowers; the outer bracts green, 10–20(25) mm long, weakly keeled, the inner bracts smaller, apically forked, becoming membranous.
    Flowers
    Flowers with a strong sweet scent, zygomorphic, white to cream-coloured, greenish-yellow. or light purplish-brown: perianth tube more or less dimorphic, slender below, curving outwards and expanded above, (20)30–45(70) mm long, the upper pan c. 6 mm long; tepals subequal, 13–30 × 1.3–2.5(3) mm, narrowly lanceolate to linear-filiform, acute to attenuate, spreading equally at right-angles to the tube, vertical.
    Stamens
    Stamens unilateral; filaments exserted 2–3 mm; anthers 4–5 mm long.
    Style
    Style dividing between the base and middle of the anthers: style branches forked for c. one-third of their length, usually tangled in the anthers.
    Fruits
    Capsules 6–8(11) mm long.
    Diagnostic
    Easily recognised by the long perianth tube, the narrow tepals and plicate (corrugated) basal leaf.

    Distribution

    Native to:

    Angola, Botswana, Cape Provinces, Caprivi Strip, Mozambique, Namibia, Northern Provinces, Zambia, Zimbabwe

    Lapeirousia littoralis Baker appears in other Kew resources:

    First published in Trans. Linn. Soc. London, Bot. 1: 272 (1878)

    Accepted by

    • Lebrun J.-P. & Stork, A.L. (1995). Énumération des Plants à Fleurs D'Afrique Tropicale 3: 1-341. Conservatoire et Jardin Botaniques de la Ville de Genève.

    Literature

    Kew Backbone Distributions
    • Germishuizen, G. & Meyer, N.L. (eds.) (2003). Plants of Southern Africa: an annotated checklist. Strelitzia 14.: i-vi, 1-1231. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.
    • Goldblatt, P. (1993). Flora Zambesiaca: i-iv, 1-106. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

    Sources

    Flora Zambesiaca
    Flora Zambesiaca
    http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0

    Kew Backbone Distributions
    The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2019. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
    © Copyright 2017 World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0

    Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
    The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2019. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
    © Copyright 2017 International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0