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Alophia is a small genus of perennial, herbaceous and bulbous plants in the iris family (Iridaceae). The genus comprise five known species that occur from the South-central United States as well as in Mexico, Central America, and parts of South America.[2][3]

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Alophia drummondii
Scientific classification

Type species
Alophia drummondii
(Graham) Herbert

The genus is closely related to Herbertia, Cypella and Tigridia, differentiating from them by some characters of the stamen and the gynoecium. The genus name is derived from the Greek words a-, meaning "without", and lophos, meaning "crest".[4][5][6]



  1. ^ R. K. Brummitt. 1980. Propose to conserve Alophia over Eustylis. Report of the Committee for Spermatophyta, 22. Taxon, Vol. 29, No. 4 (Aug., 1980), pp. 489-493
  2. ^ Kew World Checklist of Selected Plant Families
  3. ^ Biota of North America Program 2013 county distribution map
  4. ^ Manning, John; Goldblatt, Peter (2008). The Iris Family: Natural History & Classification. Portland, Oregon: Timber Press. pp. 232–33. ISBN 0-88192-897-6.
  5. ^ Peter Goldblatt & Thad M. Howard. Notes on Alophia (Iridaceae) and a New Species, A. veracruzana, from Vera Cruz, Mexico. Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden, Vol. 79, No. 4 (1992), pp. 901-905
  6. ^ Peter Goldblatt. 1975. Revision of the bulbous Iridaceae of North America. Brittonia 27: 373- 385.
  7. ^ Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew. World Checklist of Monocotyledons: Alophia. Accessed April 16, 2009.

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