Trachyandra saltii (Baker) Oberm.

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Trachyandra saltii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Nhabawa Village, lower Chimanimani Conservation Area.

Trachyandra saltii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Nhabawa Village, lower Chimanimani Conservation Area.

Trachyandra saltii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Nhabawa Village, lower Chimanimani Conservation Area.

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Synonyms: Anthericum oatesii Baker
Trachyandra reflexipilosa (Kuntze) Oberm.
Trachyandra saltii (Baker) Oberm. var. oatesii (Baker) Oberm.
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Status: Native
Tufted perennial herb, growing from a small vertical rhizome. Leaves grass-like, filiform to linear, up to 60 cm, hairless or with long spreading hairs, mixed with shorter hairs. Inflorescences 1-6 racemes, many-flowered, up to 50 cm tall. Flowers white, c. 20 mm in diameter. Fruit a capsule, subspherical or somewhat 3-lobed, c. 5 mm in diameter, hairless, pale green to brownish.
Derivation of specific name: saltii: named after Henry Salt (1780-1827), a British traveller in Abyssinia
Habitat: In rocky montane grassland, margins of forest and vleis and open woodland, often on stony or sandy soils, including Kalahari sand.
Altitude range: Up to 2400 m
Flowering time:Nov - Feb
Worldwide distribution: From Ethiopia through East Africa to Namibia, Botswana and South Africa as far as the Eastern Cape
Mozambique distribution: N,Z,MS,GI,M
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Content last updated: Saturday 20 April 2019

Bandeira, S., Bolnick, D. & Barbosa, F. (2007). Wild Flowers of Southern Mozambique Universidade Eduardo Mondlane, Maputo, Mozambique Pages 58 - 59. (Includes a picture).

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 292. (Includes a picture).

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 56. As Trachyandra reflexipilosa and T. saltii secunda

Chapano, C. & Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 35. As Trachyandra saltii saltii and T. saltii oatesii

Da Silva, M.C., Izidine, S. & Amude, A.B. (2004). A preliminary checklist of the vascular plants of Mozambique. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 30 Sabonet, Pretoria Page 121.

Kativu, S. (1996). Asphodelaceae of the Flora Zambesiaca area Kirkia 16(1) Pages 36 - 38.

Kativu, S. (2001). Asphodelaceae Flora Zambesiaca 12(3) Pages 34 - 36. (Includes a picture).

Kirby, G. (2013). Wild Flowers of Southeast Botswana Struik Nature, Cape Town South Africa Page 64. (Includes a picture).

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 86.

Moriarty, A. (1975). Wild Flowers of Malawi Purnell & sons Cape Town. Page 24. (Includes a picture).

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 117.

Shone, D.K. & Drummond, R.B. (1965). Poisonous Plants of Rhodesia Ministry of Agriculture, Rhodesia Page 33.

Wursten, B., Timberlake, J. & Darbyshire, I. (2017). The Chimanimani Mountains: an updated checklist. Kirkia 19(1) Page 81.

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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Mozambique: Species information: Trachyandra saltii., retrieved 10 December 2023

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