1265.000 Moraea Mill.


Description of the genus

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

Zimbabwe: 8 taxa.

Moraea natalensis

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

SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
carsonii BakerEDescription, Image
inyangani Goldblatt[End]EDescription
muddii N.E. Br.EDescription
natalensis BakerN,W,C,SDescription, Image
schimperi (Hochst.) Pic.Serm.C,EDescription, Image
spathulata (L.f.) KlattEDescription, Image
stricta BakerEDescription, Image
thomsonii BakerEDescription

Other sources of information about Moraea:

Our websites:

Flora of Botswana: Moraea
Flora of Malawi: Moraea
Flora of Mozambique: Moraea
Flora of Zambia: Moraea

External websites:

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

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Zimbabwe: Genus page: Moraea.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=380, retrieved 5 December 2023

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