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Moraea vuvuzela

I found this article the other day… almost a year on from the World Cup. Cool name, don’t you think?

A new species from the iris family found near Worcester, is to be named Moraea vuvuzela by SANBI botanist Dr John Manning to commemorate South Africa’s hosting of the first Soccer World Cup on the African continent.

This pretty little bulb is currently known from just two localities between Rawsonville and Villiersdorp in the heart of the Cape Floral Region. Both known populations are threatened by agriculture and development, especially the enlargement of the Brandvlei Dam, and probably the species has disappeared already from parts of its range through