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Ixia, genus Ixia(noun)
a monocotyledonous genus of the family Iridaceae
Any of the genus Ixia of cormous plants native to South Africa.
Origin: From the genus name.
a South African bulbous plant of the Iris family, remarkable for the brilliancy of its flowers
Origin: [NL., fr. Gr. birdlime. So called because of the viscid nature of some of the species.]
The genus Ixia consists of a number of cormous plants native to South Africa from the Iridaceae family and Ixioideae subfamily. Some of them are known as the corn lily. Some distinctive traits include: sword-like leaves, and long wiry stems with star-shaped flowers. It usually prefers well-drained soil. The popular corn lily has specific, not very intense fragrance as vegetables. That is why it's often visited by many insects such as bees. The Ixia are also used sometimes as ornamental plants. The genus name is derived from the Greek words ixias, meaning "the chameleon plant", and physis, meaning "bladder".
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