SPECIES DESCRIPTION
ROMULEA RAMIFLORA subsp. RAMIFLORA

Family and Genus:- See- IRIDACEAE

Common Names:- None

Homotypic Synonyms:- None

Meaning:- Romulea (L) For Romulus, founder of Rome.
                  Ramiflora (L) With flowers on the branches.              
                
General description:- Herbaceous plant, with erect, hairless stems.

Scape:-
1) Usually below ground at anthesis, later up to 30 cm, 1- to 4(-6) flowered.

Leaves:-
1) Usually fairly thick.
2) Basal, 2, 6-30 cm x 075-15 mm, erect or recurved.
3) Cauline, up to 4(-6), one on lower part of the scape.
4) The others more or less terminal.

Flowers:-
1) Lilac-blue, sometimes with darker veins, sometimes pinkish inside, yellow-green
    outside; throat white or yellow.
2) Pedicels. elongating after flowering to up to 10 cm.
3) Bract, 1-22 cm, herbaceous, strongly veined.
4) Bracteole, with a narrow hyaline margin.
5) Perianth, 1-18 cm., the tube 25-7 mm.
6) Segments, oblanceolate or oblanceolate-elliptical, acute.
7) Anthers, reaching about 2/3 of the way up the segments.
8) Style, slightly shorter than the stamens.
9) Stigmas, just below or just above the top of the anthers.

Fruit:-
1) Capsule, 12-16 cm, cylindrical to oblong.

Key features:-
1) Flowers, violet or lilac-blue with darker veins, often paler and almost white distally
2) Stigmas, at or above the top of the anthers.

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Habitat:- Coastal meadows and salt marshes, also in seasonally damp grassland,
open dry shrubby vegetation and open woodland some distance inland up to 1200
m.

Distribution:- Scattered throughout Greece, but rare in the interion. - Mediterranean
region, eastwards to Cyprus. Limited distribution on Crete. Rare

Flowering time:- (Jan-)Feb to early Mar.

Photos by:- Steve Lenton