Botanical name

Moraea anomala

Family

Iridaceae

Description

Cormous geophyte 20-40cm high. Corm tunics of soft, brown layers. Stem always unbranched with 2 sheathing bract leaves, nodes not sticky. Leaf single, inserted shortly above ground, terete, exceeding the inflorescence; flowers pale yellow, with darker yellow nectar guides on outer tepals, enclosed in leathery, truncate spathes; tepals unequal, the outer larger 30-45mm long, limbs weakly reflexed, inner tepals initially erect  but becoming horizontal or completely reflexed when fully open.

Flowers opening after midday and fading shortly after sunset.

Latin: anomala = anomalous or usual, presumably referring to the anomaly of being known for many years without being recognised as distinct from the similar Moraea angusta.

 

Habitat

Mountains and flats - often on clay.

Flower Date

September to November