Perennial herbs, dying back each year, with corms.
Foliage leaves 1-several. Inflorescence composed of rhipidia; rhipidia 1 per
branch or crowded terminally, each enclosed in a pair of spathes.
Flowers actinomorphic, Iris-like, usually blue or yellow.
Ovary long-pedicellate. Style divided into 3 flat petaloid
branches, these apically forked into 2 crests; stigma transverse
and abaxial below base of crests. Anthers appressed to the
style branches. Fruit a capsule.
Derivation of name: (originally Morea) named after Robert More, Esquire of Shropshire, botanist and natural historian, who was a contemporary of Miller and Linnaeus. The name was altered by Linnaeus into Moraea, presumably in honour of Linaeus's father-in-law Johan Moraeus,
Worldwide: 120 species in tropical and South Africa