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Ferraria crispa[1]
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Monocots
Order: Asparagales
Family: Iridaceae
Subfamily: Iridoideae
Tribe: Irideae
Genus: Ferraria
Type species
Ferraria crispa

Ferraria is a genus of monocotyledonous flowering plants in the family Iridaceae, native to tropical and southern Africa.[2] They are herbaceous corm-bearing plants growing to 30–45 cm tall. Some species have an unpleasant scent similar to rotting meat and are pollinated by flies, while others have a pleasant scent. The genus name is a tribute to Italian Jesuit Botanist and botanical artist Giovanni Baptista Ferrari.[3]

Ferraia uncinata

They are grown as ornamental plants in gardens in subtropical regions.

  1. Ferraria brevifolia G.J.Lewis - Cape Province of South Africa
  2. Ferraria candelabrum (Baker) Rendle - Angola, Zambia
  3. Ferraria crispa Burm. (syn. F. undulata) - Cape Province; naturalized in Spain, Australia, Canary Islands, Madeira
  4. Ferraria densepunctulata Vos - Cape Province
  5. Ferraria divaricata Sw. - Cape Province
  6. Ferraria ferrariola (Jacq.) Willd. - Cape Province
  7. Ferraria flava Goldblatt & J.C.Manning - Cape Province
  8. Ferraria foliosa G.J.Lewis - Cape Province
  9. Ferraria glutinosa (Baker) Rendle - from Cape Province north to Zaïre
  10. Ferraria macrochlamys (Baker) Goldblatt & J.C.Manning - Cape Province
  11. Ferraria ornata Goldblatt & J.C.Manning - Cape Province
  12. Ferraria ovata (Thunb.) Goldblatt & J.C.Manning - Cape Province
  13. Ferraria parva Goldblatt & J.C.Manning - Cape Province
  14. Ferraria schaeferi Dinter - Cape Province, Namibia
  15. Ferraria spithamaea (Baker) Goldblatt & J.C.Manning - Angola
  16. Ferraria uncinata Sweet - Cape Province
  17. Ferraria variabilis Goldblatt & J.C.Manning - Cape Province, Namibia
  18. Ferraria welwitschii Baker - Zaïre, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Angola


  1. ^ Curtis, William The Botanical Magazine, Vol. 4
  2. ^ a b Kew World Checklist of Selected Plant Families
  3. ^ Manning, John; Goldblatt, Peter (2008). The Iris Family: Natural History & Classification. Portland, Oregon: Timber Press. pp. 209–211. ISBN 0-88192-897-6.