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1. Freesia refracta (Jacq.) Klatt, Linnaea. 34: 672. 1865-6; Baker, Handb. Irideae: 167. 1892; R.R. Stewart, l.c. 62.

S. I. Ali & Brian Mathew

Gladialus refractus Jacq., Ic. 2:4.t. 241. 1788.

Plant 15-45 cm tall, stems slender, flexuous, usually branched, glabrous. basal leaves linear, c. 15-16 cm long. Spike loose, usually 5-8 flowered, rachis flexuous, flowers secund. Bracts c. 6-13 mm long, whitish or purplish. Flowers c. 3.0 cm long, scented, white, greyish white, greenish yellow or yellowish tinged orange; segments dull purple externally and with purple line down centre. Lower segments marked with brownish-yellow. Anthers pale yellow.

Fl. Per.: August-November.

Native of the Cape Province, S. Africa. Commonly cultivated as an ornamental in the gardens.


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