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Iris family
Temporal range: 60Ma
Early Paleogene - Recent
Iris pseudacorus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Liliopsida
Order: Asparagales
Family: Iridaceae
Subfamilies and tribes
  • Subfamily Crocoideae
  • Subfamily Iridoideae
    • Tribe Irideae
    • Tribe Mariceae
    • Tribe Sisyrinchieae
    • Tribe Tigridieae
  • Subfamily Isophysidoideae
  • Subfamily Ixioideae
    • Tribe Ixieae
    • Tribe Pillansieae
    • Tribe Watsonieae
  • Subfamily Nivenioideae

Iridaceae are perennial herbs from rhizomes, bulbs or corms comprising about 80 genera and 1,500 species. The leaves are distichous and have a sheathing, equitant base and a generally ensiform or linear blade with parallel venation. The flowers are bisexual, usually showy, and are actinomorphic or zygomorphic.

Some genera:

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