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Moraea viscaria
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Monocots
Order: Asparagales
Family: Iridaceae
Tribe: Irideae
Genus: Moraea
Type species
Moraea viscaria
(L.f.) Ker Gawl.
  • Barnardiella Goldblatt
  • Diaphane Salisb.
  • Freuchenia Eckl.
  • Galaxia Thunb.
  • Gynandriris Parl.
  • Helixyra Salisb. ex N.E.Br.
  • Hexaglottis Vent.
  • Homeria Vent.
  • Hymenostigma Hochst.
  • Iridopsis Welw. ex Baker
  • Jania Schult. & Schult.f.
  • Phaianthes Raf.
  • Plantia Herb. in Lindl.
  • Rheome Goldblatt
  • Roggeveldia Goldblatt
  • Sessilistigma Goldblatt
  • Sisyrinchium Mill. nom. illeg.
  • Vieusseuxia D.Delaroche

Moraea is a genus of plants in the family Iridaceae. The genus name is a tribute to the English botanist Robert Moore.[2]

Moraeas have iris-like flowers.[3] The corms of some species have been used as food, though they usually are small, and some species are unpleasant and some actually poisonous.[4][5]

Some Moraea species: [6]


  1. ^ "World Checklist of Selected Plant Families". 
  2. ^ Manning, John; Goldblatt, Peter (2008). The Iris Family: Natural History & Classification. Portland, Oregon: Timber Press. pp. 91–93. ISBN 0-88192-897-6. 
  3. ^ Dyer, R. Allen, “The Genera of Southern African Flowering Plants”. ISBN 0-621-02854-1, 1975
  4. ^ Hallowes, Desmond; Fox, Francis William; Young, Marion Memma Norwood (1982). Food from the veld: edible wild plants of southern Africa botanically identified and described. New York: Delta Books. ISBN 0-908387-20-2. 
  5. ^ Watt, John Mitchell, Breyer-Brandwijk, Maria Gerdina: The Medicinal and Poisonous Plants of Southern and Eastern Africa 2nd ed Pub. E & S Livingstone 1962
  6. ^ Manning, Goldblatt & Snijman. The Color Encyclopedia of Cape Bulbs. ISBN 0-88192-547-0. 

External links[edit]

  • Media related to Moraea at Wikimedia Commons