Description of the genus
Perennial herbs, with rhizomes. Leaves distichous,
mostly basal. Stems terete to flattened, often strongly winged. Inflorescences composed of 2-nate rhipidia, these 1-many. Flowers
actinomorphic, blue, lasting one morning only, twisting spirally as they go over, deliquescent. Tepals free ± to base, spreading horizontally. Fruit a capsule.
Worldwide: 50 species in tropical and South Africa and Madagascar
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Other sources of information about Aristea:Flora of Zimbabwe
(electronic Plant Information Center): AristeaFlora Zambesiaca
web site: AristeaGoogle
(Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for AristeaIPNI
(International Plant Names Index): AristeaKew Herbarium catalogue
: AristeaKew Monocotyledon checklist
Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Stefaan Dondeyne 2007-13
Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Dondeyne, S.
. Flora of Mozambique: Genus page: Aristea.
http://www.mozambiqueflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=383, retrieved 19 May 2013