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Libertia ixioides #2 | by J.G. in S.F.
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Libertia ixioides #2

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Iridaceae - Widespread throughout New Zealand


New Zealand Iris, Mikoikoi


Shown: Detail of immature fruit; fruit becomes bright yellow at maturity



"Libertia is a genus of monocotyledenous plants in the family Iridaceae containing 15 species in the southern hemisphere. A number of species are endemic to New Zealand.


"They are all perennials growing from short woody rhizomes, with simple, linear or narrowly lanceolate basal leaves which are often green but may be red or yellow depending on the species. The showy white trimerous flowers are open in spring and are followed by capsules opening by three valves which contain the numerous black seeds.


"The genus was named after Anne-Marie Libert (1782–1865), a Belgian botanist." (Wikipedia)


My additional image of Libertia ixioides:


My image of Chilean species Libertia chilensis:


Photographed in U.C. Botanical Garden at Berkeley - Berkeley, California

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Taken on May 9, 2012