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Klattia partita, Unusual Irid to Flower

February 21, 2010
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Klattia partita is one of the 15 species of woody irid from western South Africa. It is very seldom seen in nature and has long been considered impossible to grow, but a seedling at SFSU may soon be in flower. The genus Klattia has just 3 species, one with bright red, another yellow, and this, the most unusual, with purple-black infloresences. Once it has flowered, all three species will have done so at SFSU, certainly a first in cultivation anywhere in the world.

Klattia partita, 10 O'Clock Peak, Langeberg, RSA, photo by Martin Grantham

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Mikhail Kornievsky permalink
    April 6, 2010 8:09 pm

    Those black and purple flowers caught my eye today in the GH. Very cool

  2. May 9, 2012 5:36 am

    Photos of a plant that looks very similar:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/kw1975/with/7154077810/

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