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.