The beautiful Moraea Villosa is a species of peacock moraea. It is normally a group of plants named for the large conspicuous eye-like eye-shaped patterns on the board outer petals of the flowers like as found on the feathers of a peacock. There are two subspecies recognized; M.V.Villosa has purple, pink, blue, or whitish petals, whereas the other M.V. Elandmontana is bright orange.
The pattern consists of a green to blue or close to black iridescent crescent, surrounding a cream to orange, and the eye is covered with long hairs. The complete shape is normally edged in dark violet. The delicate flowers grow from August to September, with only one flower at one time, and remain in blooms for just a mere two days, normally opening in the late morning, and opening until the early afternoon of the following day.
The primary pollinator of Moraea villosa is commonly referred to as monkey beetles, due to their dark, hairy bodies and elongate or thickened hind legs. The attractive flower Moraea normally participated in great abundance in the mass-spring flower display of the cape lowlands.  Although 80% of its habitat is to wheat fields and urban expansion, only some population remains in isolated renosterveld fragments.
Populations on these trivial fragments, which are surrounded by crop fields, are endangered by a lack of fire, loss of pollinators, pollution by pesticides and fertilizer, and invasion by alien plants, predominantly grasses, which find favorable habitat in the fertilizer-enriched soil.
Moraea Villosa is an everlasting cormous geophyte, normally growing 40 cm tall, and its stems are soft and hairy, and its leaves are normally longer than the stem. It is also classified as vulnerable, because of its minor population size, and only one population of about 350 plants is known. 
Also Read: Campanula Flower Extremely Beautiful in Pastel Gardens
Moraea villosa b1
Moraea villosa b2 Moraea villosa b3 Moraea villosa b4 Moraea villosa b6 Moraea villosa b7 Moraea villosa b12 Moraea villosa b10 Moraea villosa b Moraea villosa b9

Originally posted 2017-08-01 16:50:26.


  1. Hi There!

    We are reaching out to those from the math education space who would be excited to participate in our FREE Virtual Summit coming up on November 13th and 14th, 2021.

    Not only will you love hearing 25+ influencers from the math education space presenting live over Zoom, but I’m sure your audience and colleagues will stand to benefit as well!

    Register to save your seat here:

    Will we see you there?

    Kyle & Jon

    PS – Consider sharing this amazing free event with others in the education space!


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here