Apostle plants

Trimezia cf. fosteriana (Iridaceae)

Characteristics

Perennial herbs, up to 1m tall, grow from an elongated corm or a rhizome. Leaves linear, grow from the base of the plant. Flowers yellow. The six tepals are arranged in two series: The outer tepals (sepals) are larger than the inner ones (petals), both have brown-purple markings at the base. The style is divided into three branches.

Distribution

Native to the warmer parts of southern Mexico, Central America, South America, Florida and the West Indies. Grown around the world as an ornamental.

Natural Medical Properties

No known.

Did you know?

New plantlets form at the end of the flower spikes. After flowering, the spikes fall over and a new plant grows, so the plant “walks” (therefore, another name for Apostle plant is “Walking iris”).The name “Apostle plant” refers to the incorrect belief that Trimezia plants do not flower until 12 or more leaves are present.

Further reading:

Literature

World Flora Online
WorldChecklist of Selected Plant Families
A working list of all plant species