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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Monocots
Order: Asparagales
Family: Iridaceae
Subfamily: Crocoideae
Tribe: Watsonieae
Genus: Micranthus
(Pers.) Ecklon
Type species
Micranthus alopecuroides
(L.) Ecklon

Micranthus is a genus of flowering plants in the family Iridaceae. The entire genus is endemic to Cape Province in South Africa.[1][2]

The genus name is derived from the Greek words micro, meaning "small", and anthos, meaning "flower".[3]

  1. Micranthus alopecuroides (L.) Eckl., Topogr. Verz. Pflanzensamml. Ecklon: 43 (1827)
  2. Micranthus plantagineus Eckl., Topogr. Verz. Pflanzensamml. Ecklon: 43 (1827)
  3. Micranthus tubulosus (Burm.f.) N.E.Br., Bull. Misc. Inform. Kew 1929: 133 (1929)


  1. ^ a b c Kew World Checklist of Selected Plant Families
  2. ^ Goldblatt, P., Manning, J.C. & Gereau, R.E. (2013). The Cape genus Micranthus (Iridaceae: Crocoideae), nomenclature and taxonomy. Botanica Australis 43: 127-144.
  3. ^ Manning, John; Goldblatt, Peter (2008). The Iris Family: Natural History & Classification. Portland, Oregon: Timber Press. pp. 133–35. ISBN 0-88192-897-6.