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Freesia laxa (Thunb.) Goldblatt &. J. C. Manning
Anomatheca laxa Thunb Goldblatt; Anomatheca laxa Thunb Goldblatt subsp laxa; Gladiolus laxus Thunb; Gladiolus laxa orth var PSGreen sensu Green, PS 1994; Lapeirousia laxa Thunb NEBr; Anomatheca cruenta Lindl sensu Lindley, J 1830

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Freesia laxa (Thunb.) Goldblatt & J.C. Manning
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Symbol: FRLA5
Group: Monocot
Family: Iridaceae
Duration: Perennial
Growth Habit : Forb/herb
Native Status : L48   I
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Symbol Scientific Name
ANLA9 Anomatheca laxa (Thunb.) Goldblatt
LACR2 Lapeirousia cruenta (Lindl.) Benth. ex Baker
LALA7 Lapeirousia laxa (Thunb.) N.E. Br.


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Kingdom Plantae – Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta – Vascular plants
Superdivision Spermatophyta – Seed plants
Division Magnoliophyta – Flowering plants
Class Liliopsida – Monocotyledons
Subclass Liliidae
Order Liliales
Family Iridaceae – Iris family
Genus Freesia Eckl. ex Klatt – freesia
Species Freesia laxa (Thunb.) Goldblatt & J.C. Manning – false freesia

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1. Freesia laxa (Thunberg), Goldblatt & J. C. Manning, Syst. Bot. 20: 171. 1995.

Gladiolus laxus Thunberg, Fl. Cap. ed. 2, 15. 1823; Anomatheca cruenta Lindley; A. laxa (Thunberg) Goldblatt; Freesia cruenta (Lindley) Klatt; Lapeirousia laxa (Thunberg) N. E. Brown

Plants 20—35 cm. Stems erect or inclined, flexed outward below base of spike, usually branched, smooth. Leaves several, erect; blades usually shortly exceeding spike. Spike nearly horizontal, 2—6-flowered; spathes 6—8(—13) mm, outer slightly larger than inner, becoming membranous above, apex often dark brown, bifid. Flowers unscented, hypocrateriform; perianth tube cylindric, widening slightly at apex, 18—33 mm; tepals spreading at right angle to tube, pink to red [pale blue to white] with dark red [blue-violet] marks at base of lower 3 tepals, ovate to oblong, 9—13 mm; filaments exserted 1.5—2 mm from tube; anthers 3—4 mm; style branching between base and middle of anthers; branches ca. 2.5 mm, often tangled among anthers. Capsules 9—12 × 9—10 mm, sparsely papillose. Seeds 2—3 mm diam.

Flowering mainly Apr. Disturbed sites, abandoned gardens; introduced; Fla.; s, e Africa.

Freesia laxa has been in cultivation for nearly 200 years, although it has never been particularly popular. For years it was known by the later synonyms Lapeirousia cruenta or L. laxa. Two subspecies are recognized: subsp. azurea (Goldblatt & Hutchings) Goldblatt & J. C. Manning from Mozambique and Natal, South Africa, having white tepals with blue to violet markings; and subsp. laxa, having pink to red tepals with red markings. Only the latter is found in North America.

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