Description of the genus
Perennial herbs, with rhizomes. Leaves distichous,
mostly basal. Stems terete to flattened, often strongly winged. Inflorescences composed of 2-nate rhipidia, these 1-many. Flowers
actinomorphic, blue, lasting one morning only, twisting spirally as they go over, deliquescent. Tepals free ± to base, spreading horizontally. Fruit a capsule.
Worldwide: 50 species in tropical and South Africa and Madagascar
Zimbabwe: 4 taxa.
Other sources of information about Aristea:
Our websites:Flora of Zimbabwe
: cultivated AristeaFlora of Mozambique
: AristeaFlora of Zambia
(electronic Plant Information Center): AristeaFlora Zambesiaca
web site: AristeaGoogle
(Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for AristeaIPNI
(International Plant Names Index): AristeaKew Herbarium catalogue
: AristeaKew Monocotyledon checklist
Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-14
Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M.
. Flora of Zimbabwe: Genus page: Aristea.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=383, retrieved 11 March 2014