1316.000 Freesia Eckl. ex Klatt


Bailey, L.H. (1949) Manual of Cultivated Plants Revised edition. Macmillan, New York.

Goldblatt, P. & Manning, J.C. (1995) Phylogeny of the African Genera Anomatheca and Freesia and a new genus Xenoscapa Systematic Botany 20(2) 161-178

Description of the genus

Perennial herbs, dying back each year, with corms. Leaves several. Inflorescence a spike. Flowers zygomorphic, salver-shaped to widely funnel-shaped, often strongly and sweetly scented, in our species pink, red or whitish in colour (much more colour variation elsewhere). Tepals ± equal or dorsal larger and hooded. Style filiform, each branch deeply divided and recurved. Fruit a capsule.

Derivation of name: Named after Dr HT Freese, 1795-?1876, from Kiel, a student of Ecklon who studied South African plants

Worldwide: 17 species in tropical and South Africa

Zimbabwe: 1 cultivated taxon.

No image of a cultivated species but there is an image of a native or naturalised species

Links to cultivated taxa    View: living plant images - herbarium specimen images - all images for this genus


Other sources of information about Freesia:

Our websites:

Flora of Malawi: Freesia
Flora of Mozambique: Freesia
Flora of Zambia: Freesia
Flora of Zimbabwe: Freesia

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Freesia
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Freesia
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Freesia
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Freesia
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
iNaturalist: Freesia
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Freesia
JSTOR Plant Science: Freesia
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Freesia
Plants of the World Online: Freesia
Tropicos: Freesia
Wikipedia: Freesia

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Zimbabwe: Cultivated plants: genus page: Freesia.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/cult/genus.php?genus_id=2169, retrieved 16 June 2024

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