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ntroduced Photo: Tabish
Common name: Freesia
Botanical name: Freesia corymbosa    Family: Iridaceae (Iris family)
Synonyms: Freesia armstrongii, Freesia aurea, Freesia odorata, Gladiolus corymbosus

Freesias are strongly scented so they make a nice addition to any area. They have five to 10 single or double flowers. Stems are usually 10 to 18 inches long with little or no foliage. The bell-shaped freesia blooms up to seven days and comes in white, golden yellow, orange, red, pink, mauve, lavender, purple and bicolors. They are herbaceous plants which grow from a corm 1-2.5 cm diameter, which sends up a tuft of narrow leaves 10-30 cm long, and a sparsely branched stem 10-40 cm tall bearing a few leaves and a loose one-sided spike of fragrant narrowly funnel-shaped flowers. Freesia is native to South Africa, widely cultivated across the world.

Identification credit: Tabish, Gurcharan Singh Photographed in cultivation in Gangtok, Delhi & Imphal.

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