1316.000 Freesia Eckl. ex Klatt


Bailey, L.H. (1949) Manual of Cultivated Plants Revised edition. Macmillan, New York.

Goldblatt, P. & Manning, J.C. (1995) Phylogeny of the African Genera Anomatheca and Freesia and a new genus Xenoscapa Systematic Botany 20(2) 161-178

Description of the genus

Perennial herbs, dying back each year, with corms. Leaves several. Inflorescence a spike. Flowers zygomorphic, salver-shaped to widely funnel-shaped, often strongly and sweetly scented, in our species pink, red or whitish in colour (much more colour variation elsewhere). Tepals ± equal or dorsal larger and hooded. Style filiform, each branch deeply divided and recurved. Fruit a capsule.

Derivation of name: Named after Dr HT Freese, 1795-?1876, from Kiel, a student of Ecklon who studied South African plants

Worldwide: 17 species in tropical and South Africa

Zambia: 2 taxa.

No image yet

Links to taxa:     View: living plant images - herbarium specimen images - all images for this genus

SpeciesFZ divisionsProvincesContent
grandiflora (Baker) Klatt subsp. grandiflora C,E,SDescription, Image
laxa (Thunb.) Goldblatt & Manning subsp. laxa N,W,C,EDescription, Image

Other sources of information about Freesia:

Our websites:

Flora of Malawi: Freesia
Flora of Mozambique: Freesia
Flora of Zimbabwe: Freesia
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Freesia

External websites:

ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Freesia
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Freesia
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Freesia
Wikipedia: Freesia
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Freesia
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Freesia

Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-23

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2023). Flora of Zambia: Genus page: Freesia.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=2169, retrieved 4 February 2023

Site software last modified: 12 October 2020 11:16pm
Terms of use