Ixia polystachya L.
|Ixia aristata Thunb. var. elegans (Regel) Baker, Ixia elegans (Regel) N.E.Br., Ixia erecta P.J.Bergius, Ixia maculata L. var. caesia Ker Gawl, Ixia polystachya L. var. crassifolia G.J.Lewis, Ixia polystacia Mill. (superfluous name for Ixia polystachya L.), Ixia serotina Salisb. (superfluous name for Ixia polystachya L.), Ixia viridiflora Lam. var. caesia (Ker Gawl.) Baker, Watsonia campanulata Klatt, Wuerthia elegans Regel|
|African Corn Lily (e), Corn Lily (e), Geelkalossie (a), Koringblom (a), Koringblommetjie (a), Witkalossie (a)|
Status and Criteria
|L. von Staden|
|A widespread and fairly common species that is however declining due to ongoing extensive habitat loss and fragmentation of lowland subpopulations.|
|South African endemic|
|Olifants River Valley to the Cape Peninsula and Caledon.|
Habitat and Ecology
|Lower slopes and flats in granite fynbos and renosterveld.|
|This species has declined extensively on the Cape Peninsula and around Stellenbosch due to habitat loss to urban expansion and timber plantations. In the Swartland, Breede River Valley and around Caledon, its lowland habitat has been extensively reduced and fragmented due to agricultural expansion. A few subpopulations in protected montane are not currently threatened, but could be impacted if unmanaged alien invasive plants are allowed to spread further.|
This species is widespread and still common, in spite of habitat loss across parts of its range.
|von Staden, L. 2015. Ixia polystachya L. National Assessment: Red List of South African Plants version 2017.1. Accessed on 2020/04/06|