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A plant of the genus or former genus Acidanthera (family Iridaceae), which comprises tropical and southern African herbaceous perennials having spikes of hooded fragrant flowers.
Late 19th century. From scientific Latin Acidanthera from ancient Greek ἀκιδ-, ἀκίς pointed object + post-classical Latin anthera, in allusion to the cuspate anthers.
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