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Cyanixia socotrana
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Monocots
Order: Asparagales
Family: Iridaceae
Subfamily: Ixioideae
Tribe: Ixieae
Genus: Cyanixia
Goldblatt & J.C. Manning
Binomial name
Cyanixia socotrana
(Hook.f.) Goldblatt & J.C. Manning
  • Babiana socotrana Hook.f.

Cyanixia is a genus of plants in the Iridaceae, first described in 2003. It contains only one known species, Cyanixia socotrana, a perennial, herbaceous and bulbous plant species endemic to the Island of Socotra in the Indian Ocean, part of the Republic of Yemen.[1][2]

The genus name is derived from Greek words Ixia, referring to the radially symmetrical flowers in the genus of that name, as well as cyanos, meaning "blue".[3] The species was for many years considered a member of the South African genus Babiana but recognized as a distinct genus in 2003.[2]


  1. ^ a b Kew World Checklist of Selected Plant Families
  2. ^ a b Goldblatt, J. C. Manning, J. Davies, V. Savolainen and S. Rezai (2003). Cyanixia, a new genus for the Socotran endemic Babiana socotrana (Iridaceae–Crocoideae). Edinburgh Journal of Botany, 60, pp 517-532
  3. ^ Manning, John; Goldblatt, Peter (2008). The Iris Family: Natural History & Classification. Portland, Oregon: Timber Press. pp. 118–120. ISBN 0-88192-897-6. 

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