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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Monocots
Order: Asparagales
Family: Iridaceae
Subfamily: Crocoideae
Tribe: Freesieae
Genus: Xenoscapa
(Goldblatt) Goldblatt & J.C.Manning.[1]
Type species
Xenoscapa fistulosa
(Sprengel ex Klatt) Goldblatt & J.C. Manning

Xenoscapa is a genus of herbaceous, perennial and bulbous plants in the Iris family (Iridaceae). It consists of only two species distributed in Africa, and is closely related to the genera Freesia.[2][3] The genus name is derived from the Greek words xenos, meaning "strange", and scapa, meaning "flowering stem".[4]


The list of Xenoscapa species, with their complete name and authority, and their geographic distribution is given below.[5]


  1. ^ Syst. Bot. 20: 172 (1995).
  2. ^ Goldblatt, Peter; John Manning (2008). The Iris Family: Natural History & Classification. Portland: Timber Press. ISBN 978-0-88192-897-6. 
  3. ^ Peter Goldblatt and John C. Manning. 1995. Phylogeny of the African Genera Anomatheca and Freesia (Iridaceae: Ixioideae), and a New Genus Xenoscapa. Systematic Botany, Vol. 20, No. 2, pp. 161-178
  4. ^ Manning, John; Goldblatt, Peter (2008). The Iris Family: Natural History & Classification. Portland, Oregon: Timber Press. pp. 91–93. ISBN 0-88192-897-6. 
  5. ^ Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew. World Checklist of Monocotyledons: Xenoscapa . Accessed May 16, 2009.