Libertia ixioides

The write-up today is courtesy of BPotD Work-Learn Student Taisha. She writes:

Today’s images of Libertia ixiodes original 1 | original 2) are from the top contributor of images to the Botany Photo of the Day Flickr Pool, the late James Gaither (aka J.G. in S.F.@Flickr). The pictures of both the flower and the immature fruit were taken on May 9th 2012, at UC Berkeley, California, USA. The photos that were uploaded by James are still greatly appreciated, including today’s!

Libertia ixioides, or the mikoikoi or the New Zealand iris, is named after the 19th-century Belgian botanist, Marie-Anne Libert. Members of Libertia are generally thought to be of Gondwanan origin, with species occuring in New Zealand, Australia, New Guinea, and Andean South America. New Zealand is the centre of diversity. Libertia ixiodes is one of seven members of this genus endemic to New Zealand. It is widespread in the region though, as it is found on the North, South and Stewart Islands. Plants grow on ridges, cliffs, gullies, riverbanks and upland forests of coastal to montane ecosystems.

Libertia ixioides is a perennial herbaceous species that grows with branched rhizomes. Fans of highly-nerved leaves have pale red-green bases. Leaves tend to turn yellow when exposed to full sun. The inflorescence of white-tepaled flowers is a panicle. The ovary is larger than the perianth bud, and will mature into a barrel-shaped capsule that when ripe will be green to yellow to black in color. Spherical, bright orange seeds for dispersal are exposed when the capsule dehisces longitudinally.

Libertia ixioides
Libertia ixioides

7 responses to “Libertia ixioides”

  1. Jane / MulchMaid

    I grow L. ixioides “Taupo Blaze”. It doesn’t seem as robust as my L. peregrinans, which just makes me want it to thrive that much more. I’ll look forward to these flowers and seed heads!

  2. michael aman

    How far north will it grow?

  3. Connie Hoge

    I love it when these pictures look right back at me!

  4. Andrew Broome

    Stewart Island, with a ‘t’.

  5. Jean Johnson

    I enjoy these images very much – as a botanical artist, they increase my knowledge of plants, many I will never know as they live in a different climate.

  6. Daniel Mosquin

    Thanks Andrew, that one slipped by the editor (me).

  7. elizabeth a airhart

    thank you Daniel and company
    what is it like to have so many people around the
    world reading and finding one tiny misprint
    the department of conservation from aussie land
    has a fine newsletter and website big help
    hope your june is a lovely one

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