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Classification System: APG IV

Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Plantae
Cladus: Angiosperms
Cladus: Monocots
Ordo: Asparagales

Familia: Iridaceae
Subfamilia: Aristeoideae
Genus: Aristea
Subgenera: A. subg. Aristea – A. subg. Eucapsulares – A. subg. Pseudaristea
Species overview: A. abyssinica – A. africana – A. alata – A. anceps – A. angolensis – A. angustifolia – A. bakeri – A. bequaertii – A. biflora – A. cantharophila – A. capitata – A. cistiflora – A. cladocarpa – A. compressa – A. cuspidata – A. dichotoma – A. djalonis – A. ecklonii – A. elliptica – A. ensifolia – A. farafangana – A. fimbriata – A. flexicaulis – A. galpinii – A. glauca – A. goetzei – A. grandis – A. humbertii – A. inaequalis – A. juncifolia – A. kitchingii – A. latifolia – A. lugens – A. madagascariensis – A. montana – A. monticola – A. nana – A. nigrescens – A. nyikensis – A. oligocephala – A. palustris – A. parviflora – A. pauciflora – A. platycaulis – A. polycephala – A. pusilla – A. racemosa – A. ranomafana – A. recisa – A. rigidifolia – A. rupicola – A. schizolaena – A. simplex – A. singularis – A. spiralis – A. teretifolia – A. torulosa – A. zeyheri
Source(s) of checklist:

Govaerts, R. et al. 2015. Aristea in World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published on the internet. Accessed: 2015 May 12. Reference page.


Aristea Aiton, Hortus Kew. 1: 67; 3: 506. (1789)

Type species: Aristea africana (L.) Hoffmanns., Verz. Pfl.-Kult. 40 (1824) originally designated as synonym Aristea cyanea Aiton (1789) nom. illeg.


Aiton 1789. Hortus Kewensis 1: 67; 3: 506.
Goldblatt, P. 2013. Aristea (Iridaceae, Aristeoideae), a subgeneric classification. Novon 22(4): 415–417. DOI: 10.3417/2011119 Reference page.
Govaerts, R. et al. 2021. Aristea in World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published on the internet. Accessed: 2021 Aug. 8. Reference page.
International Plant Names Index. 2021. Aristea. Published online. Accessed: Aug. 8 2021.

Aristea is a genus of evergreen, perennial and rhizomatous species of flowering plants in the family Iridaceae, first described in 1789. The genus is distributed in tropical and southern Africa, as well as Madagascar.[1] The genus name is derived from the Greek word arista, meaning "awn".[2]


Aristea abyssinica Pax
Aristea africana (L.) Hoffmanns.
Aristea alata Baker
Aristea anceps Eckl. ex Klatt
Aristea angolensis Baker
Aristea angustifolia Baker
Aristea bakeri Klatt
Aristea bequaertii De Wild.
Aristea biflora Weim.
Aristea cantharophila Goldblatt & J.C.Manning
Aristea capitata (L.) Ker Gawl.
Aristea cistiflora J.C.Manning & Goldblatt
Aristea cladocarpa Baker
Aristea compressa Buchinger ex Baker
Aristea cuspidata Schinz
Aristea dichotoma (Thunb.) Ker Gawl.
Aristea djalonis A.Chev. ex Hutch.
Aristea ecklonii Baker
Aristea elliptica Goldblatt & A.P.Dold
Aristea ensifolia J.Muir
Aristea fimbriata Goldblatt & J.C.Manning
Aristea flexicaulis Baker
Aristea galpinii N.E.Br. ex Weim.
Aristea glauca Klatt
Aristea goetzei Harms
Aristea grandis Weim.
Aristea humbertii H.Perrier
Aristea inaequalis Goldblatt & J.C.Manning
Aristea juncifolia Eckl. ex Baker
Aristea kitchingii Baker
Aristea latifolia G.J.Lewis
Aristea lugens (L.f.) Steud.
Aristea madagascariensis Baker
Aristea montana Baker
Aristea monticola Goldblatt
Aristea nana Goldblatt & J.C.Manning
Aristea nigrescens J.C.Manning & Goldblatt
Aristea nyikensis Baker
Aristea oligocephala Baker
Aristea palustris Schltr.
Aristea parviflora Baker
Aristea pauciflora Wolley-Dod
Aristea platycaulis Baker
Aristea polycephala Harms
Aristea pusilla (Thunb.) Ker Gawl.
Aristea racemosa Baker
Aristea ranomafana Goldblatt
Aristea recisa Weim.
Aristea rigidifolia G.J.Lewis
Aristea rupicola Goldblatt & J.C.Manning
Aristea schizolaena Harv. ex Baker
Aristea simplex Weim.
Aristea singularis Weim.
Aristea spiralis (L.f.) Ker Gawl.
Aristea teretifolia Goldblatt & J.C.Manning
Aristea torulosa Klatt
Aristea zeyheri Baker


Kew World Checklist of Selected Plant Families
Manning, John; Goldblatt, Peter (2008). The Iris Family: Natural History & Classification. Portland, Oregon: Timber Press. pp. 98–104. ISBN 0-88192-897-6.

The Plant List (2010). Version 1. Published on the Internet; [1] (accessed September 2013)

Further reading

Goldblatt, P. 1995. Notes on Aristea Aiton (Iridaceae: Nivenioideae): Taxonomy, Chromosome Cytology, and Phylogeny. Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden, Vol. 82, No. 1 (1995), pp. 139–145
Goldblatt, P., Dold, A. P., Manning, J. C. 2005. Three cryptic new species of Aristea (Iridaceae) from southern Africa.. Bothalia 4:121-128.
Goldblatt, P. John C. Manning and Roy E. Gereau. 2002. Nomenclatural Clarification in Aristea Section Racemosae (Iridaceae) in the Cape Flora of South Africa Novon, Vol. 12, No. 2 (Summer, 2002), pp. 190–195
W. Marais. 1987. Notes on Aristea (Iridaceae) in East Africa. Kew Bulletin, Vol. 42, No. 4, p. 932

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