Botanical name

Moraea vallisavium

Family

Iridaceae

Status

Rare

Description

Cormous geophyte, small corm 4-6mm in diameter, tunics of fine reticulate fibres, with corms of past seasons persisting below; plants up to 34cm. Solitary leaf, linear, unifacial, inserted shortly above ground level, 1-2mm wide, exceeding the stem but often falcate to trailing; stem more or less erect to inclined, unbranched, sheathing stem bract solitary; spathes herbaceous, inner 3-4mm long, outer about half as long as inner; moderate sized yellow flowers, claws darkly speclked, with deep yellow nectar guides on the outer tepals, tepals 20-24mm long anthers 5-6mm long, reaching to the apex of the style branches; pollen red

Latin: vallis = valley, vale; avis = bird (named after Vogelgat Nature Reserve - 'Valley of the Birds' where this species was first discovered by Ion Williams).

Habitat

Steep south facing slopes that receive moisture from prevailing south-easter winds

Flower Date

December to January mostly after fire