Botanical name

Moraea fugax

Family

Iridaceae
Moraea fugax
Moraea fugax
Moraea fugax
Moraea fugax
Moraea fugax
Moraea fugax

Description

Cormous geophyte up to 50cm with a branched stem. One narrow, channelled, trailing leaf (occasionally two), inserted well above ground immediately below first branch, longer than the stem, linear to filiform; flowers blue, white or yellow, with yellow honey-guides and a strong sweet scent, enclosed in partly dry attenuate (tapering gradually to a point) spathes; tepals unequal, the outer larger 20-30mm long, both inner and outer tepals spreading to lightly reflexed.

Flowers opening near midday and fading towards sunset.

Latin: fugax = fugacious, fleeting, transitory; referring to the short-lived flowers, each lasting about half, or less than half the day.

Habitat

Deep sands and rocky sandstone and granitic soils

Flower Date

August to November