Freesia laxa (Thunb.) Goldblatt & Manning
subsp. azurea (Goldblatt & Hutchings) Goldblatt & Manning

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Freesia laxa subsp. azurea

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Freesia laxa subsp. azurea

Photo: Jenny Stromvoll

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Synonyms: Anomatheca laxa (Thunb.) Goldblatt subsp. azurea Goldblatt & Hutchings
Common names:
Status: Native
Similar to Freesia laxa subsp. laxa but differing in the flowers being white to pale blue with violet to indigo markings on the lower tepal and the smaller flowers (upper tepal c. 9 × 4 mm as opposed to c. 12 × 5 mm in subsp. laxa).
Derivation of specific name: laxa: open, loose, lax; azurea: sky-blue
Habitat: In coarse sandy soil along the coast, often in shade.
Altitude range:
Flowering time:Jun-Aug
Worldwide distribution: Southern Mozambique and South Africa (KwaZulu-Natal)
Mozambique distribution: GI,M
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Endemic status:
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Content last updated: Wednesday 9 June 2021

Bandeira, S., Bolnick, D. & Barbosa, F. (2007). Wild Flowers of Southern Mozambique Universidade Eduardo Mondlane, Maputo, Mozambique Page 69. (Includes a picture).

Goldblatt, P. & Manning, J.C. (1995). Phylogeny of the African Genera Anomatheca and Freesia and a new genus Xenoscapa Systematic Botany 20(2) Page 171.

Manning, J.C. & Goldblatt, P. (2010). Botany and Horticulture of the Genus Freesia (Iridaceae) Strelitzia 27 South African National Biodiversity Institute, Pretoria Pages 29 - 33. (Includes a picture).

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External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Freesia laxa
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Freesia laxa
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Freesia laxa
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Freesia laxa
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
iNaturalist: Freesia laxa
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Freesia laxa
JSTOR Plant Science: Freesia laxa
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Freesia laxa
Plants of the World Online: Freesia laxa
Tropicos: Freesia laxa
Wikipedia: Freesia laxa

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Mozambique: Species information: Freesia laxa subsp. azurea., retrieved 25 February 2024

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