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any plant of the iridaceous genus Ixia, of southern Africa, having showy ornamental funnel-shaped flowers



a genus of southern African corms of the family Iridaceae. The leaves of Ixia are sparse, filiform or ensiform; the floriferous shoots are simple or branched; and the blossoms are for the most part regular, variously colored, and fragrant. There are more than 40 species growing in the Cape of Good Hope region; many of them have been used in floriculture for more than 200 years, especially for forcing. Many forms and varieties of complex hybrid origin are grouped under the general name Ixia hybrida.

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