There are many stories of species only just holding on against extinction. One that stands out is that of Moraea aristata. This enigmatic Irid has long been admired. First described in the mid-18th Century by colonial botanical explorers, it quickly found its way into European collections, many of which still persist today. Historical records indicate this Peacock Moraea has always been a narrow endemic. Its natural distribution is the flats adjacent to Table Mountain, between present day Cape Town CBD and Rondebosch.
The Indigenous Bulb Society of South Africa (IBSA) will be holding its three day symposium this August 2017 at Goudini Spa near Worcester. Read more here about this upcoming event in celebration of South Africa’s rich and species diverse geophyte flora.