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Aristea ecklonii
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Monocots
Order: Asparagales
Family: Iridaceae
Subfamily: Nivenioideae

Nivenioideae is a subfamily of flowering plants and one of the two main subfamilies in the popular Iridaceae family. It contains seven genera,[1] from South Africa, Australia and Madagascar, including the only true shrubs in the family (Klattia, Nivenia and Witsenia),[2] It also includes Aristea, Cleanthe, Patersonia and also Geosiris, which was in its own family until being re-assessed.[3]


  1. ^ "Family: Iridaceae Juss., nom. cons". (Germplasm Resources Information Network). Retrieved 26 October 2016.
  2. ^ Manning, John C.; Goldblatt, Peter (December 1991). "Systematic and phylogenetic significance of the seed coat in the shrubby African Iridaceae, Nivenia, Klattia and Witsenia". Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society. 107 (4): 387–404. doi:10.1111/j.1095-8339.1991.tb00229.x.
  3. ^ Reeves, G; Chase, MW; Goldblatt, P; Rudall, P; Fay, MF; Cox, AV; Lejeune, B; Souza-Chies, T (November 2001). "Molecular systematics of Iridaceae: evidence from four plastid DNA regions". American Journal of Botany (Am J Bot.). 88 (88): 2074–87. PMID 21669639.

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