Tag Archives: Iridaceae

Dierama elatum N. E. Br.

Litsembu Hairbell (Dierama elatum)

This species was described in 1929; it is known only from the type that was collected in 1910; it apparently is endemic to a small area in Eswatini (Swaziland), but appears to be extinct there.


The species might still exist in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, but that is doubtful.


edited: 20.08.2022

Hesperantha saldanhae Goldblatt

Vredenburg Hesperantha (Hesperantha saldanhae)  

This species is known exclusively from the type collection from 1964.  

The Vredenburg Hesperantha was found on granite rocks, which are located at the edge of the town of Vredenburg in the Western Cape Province, South Africa.  

The species was never found since and is considered most likely extinct.  


The photo shows one of the many beautiful species of this genus, the Red Hesperantha (Hesperantha coccinea ((Backh. & Harv.) Goldblatt & J. C. Manning)).  


Red Hesperantha (Hesperantha coccinea)  

Photo: J. J. Harrison  

(under creative commons license (3.0)) 


edited: 07.11.2017