Freesia alba

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Freesia alba
Freesia February 2013-1.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Monocots
Order: Asparagales
Family: Iridaceae
Subfamily: Ixioideae
Tribe: Ixieae
Genus: Freesia
Species: F. alba
Binomial name
Freesia alba
(G.L.Mey.) Gumbl.

Freesia alba is a species of flowering plant in the iris family. It is native to South Africa, but this species and hybrids are known on other continents where they have been introduced. Freesia alba is an herbaceous perennial growing from a corm and producing an erect, often branched stem up to 40 cm (16 in) centimeters tall with several leaves up to about 15 centimeters long. The inflorescence is a spike of several fragrant flowers with usually white tepals marked with yellow and purple.

This plant is grown as an ornamental, and it has been crossed and bred to develop a wide array of variations.[1] Hybrids between F. alba and Freesia leichtlinii can be found growing naturalized in the wild in many areas, such as several Australian states and Chile.[2][3]

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