Ixia hybrida Ker-Gawl.
Grey believes that Ixia hybrida is likely to be a naturally-occuring hybrid of Ixia flexuosa L. and I. maculata L. He describes Ixia hybrida as similar to a small-flowered form of I. flexuosa, with pink-flushed flowers, but with a distinct black basal blotch, similar to I. maculata.
Horticultural & Botanical History
Paxton's and Johnson's Dictionary describe its flowers as white and give a date of introduction of 1757.
‘The Ixias are a numerous tribe, chiefly natives of the Cape, and in general remarkable either for their delicacy, or brilliant colours. The one here figured appears to be a variety of the flexuosa with a purple eye, its blossoms are fragrant, and come forth in April or May.’ [BM t.127/1790, as Ixia flexuosa]. This plant is almost certainly synonymous with Ixia hybrida Ker-Gawl. ‘The plant described and figured as a variety of this [Ixia flexuosa] by Mr. Curtis, No 127 of this work, has partly its habit and partly that of Ixia conica, and is so equally claimed by both, that we have named it "hybrida". [BM t.624/1803].
History at Camden Park
Listed in all published catalogues [B.278/1843]. Macarthur may have had this plant under the name Ixia flexuosa since at least 1831 as plants of this name were presented to the Sydney Botanic Garden in that year. [RBGS AB1].
There are many brightly coloured hybrids of Ixia that today go under the name of Ixia hybrida.
For further discussion of Ixias see Ixia hybrid ‘Calypso’.
Published Nov 11, 2009 - 04:20 PM | Last updated Jul 24, 2010 - 04:36 PM