Witsenia maura (L.) Thunb.

Bokmakierie's Tail

Family: Iridaceae

Genus: Witsenia

Category: Shrub


Described by PlantzAfrica as a "woody iris shrub". Clustered fan leaves with yellow flowers to 2" long. Grows in moist, marshy conditions.


Native to South Africa and introduced in 1790 to Kew.

Published in Nov. Gen. Pl. (Thunberg) 2: 34 in 1782.

Basionym is Antholyza maura L. 1771.

Also published in Bot. Reg. 1: 5 in 1815.

From Bot. Reg. [quote: This very singular plant, dried flowers of which have been long and very generally admired in the Herbarium, first appeared in this country in 1790; having been sent by Mr. Masson from its native country, the Cape of Good Hope, to the Kew Gardens. It has however never been known to flower with us till last December, when several fine

specimens showed their bloom together at Hammersmith, in the nursery of Messrs. Lee and Kennedy...]

Other names listed in Bot. Reg.:

Ixia disticha Lam. 1789 = synonym

Antholyza maura L. 1771 = basionym

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