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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Monocots
Order: Asparagales
Family: Iridaceae
Subfamily: Crocoideae
Genus: Zygotritonia
Type species
Zygotritonia bongensis
(Pax) Mildbraed

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Zygotritonia is a genus of herbaceous, perennial and bulbous plants in the Iris family (Iridaceae). It contains four species distributed in Tropical Africa.[2][3] The genus name is derived from the word zygomorphic (meaning bilabiate), and the apparent resemblance to some species in the genus Tritonia.[4]


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


  1. ^ Bot. Jahrb. Syst. 58: 230 (1923).
  2. ^ Goldblatt, Peter; John Manning (2008). The Iris Family: Natural History & Classification. Portland: Timber Press. ISBN 978-0-88192-897-6. 
  3. ^ Peter Goldblatt. 1989. Revision of the tropical African genus Zygotritonia (Iridaceae) . Bulletin du Muséum national d'histoire naturelle. Section B, Adansonia (Bull. Mus. natl. hist. nat., Sect. B, Adansonia) vol. 11, no2, pp. 199-212 ISSN 0240-8937.
  4. ^ Manning, John; Goldblatt, Peter (2008). The Iris Family: Natural History & Classification. Portland, Oregon: Timber Press. pp. 120–123. ISBN 0-88192-897-6. 
  5. ^ Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew. World Checklist of Monocotyledons: Zygotritonia. Accessed May 16, 2009.

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