Eriospermum flagelliforme (Baker) J.C. Manning

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Eriospermum flagelliforme

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Along path to Mt Binga above Nhamadzi Crossing, Chimanimani National Reserve

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Synonyms: Eriospermum abyssinicum Baker
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Status: Native
Perennial herb growing from a depressed globose tuber. Leaf appearing after flowering, solitary, erect, narrowly lanceolate, up to 14 cm long, blue-green, hairless, leathery with prominent parallel veins. Inflorescence very lax with peduncle up to 18 cm long; pedicels of lower flowers up to 18 cm long bending upwards. Flowers bell-shaped with spreading tepals, bright yellow with a green mid vein and red streaking. Capsule 8-9 mm long.
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Habitat: Mainly in grassland, miombo and mopane woodland, usually in sandy soils or among rocks.
Altitude range: 50 - 1800 m
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Worldwide distribution: Senegal, Nigeria, CAR, Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Namibia and South Africa.
Mozambique distribution: Z,MS
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Content last updated: Tuesday 21 January 2020

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 25.

Chapano, C. & Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 16.

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 126.

Kirby, G. (2013). Wild Flowers of Southeast Botswana Struik Nature, Cape Town South Africa Page 173. (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 90. as Eriospermum abyssinicum

Moriarty, A. (1975). Wild Flowers of Malawi Purnell & sons Cape Town. Page 29. As Eriospermum abyssinicum (Includes a picture).

Perry, P.L. (2010). Eriospermaceae Flora Zambesiaca 13(2) Pages 9 - 10.

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 114.

Pooley, E. (1998). A Field Guide to the Wild Flowers of KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Region. Natal Flora Publications Trust. Durban. Pages 226 - 227. as Eriospermum abyssinicum (Includes a picture).

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 122.

Van Wyk, B. & Malan, S. (1988). Field Guide to the Wild Flowers of the Witwatersrand and Pretoria Region Struik, Cape Town Pages 152 - 153. as Eriospermum abyssinicum (Includes a picture).

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

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Flora of Botswana: Eriospermum flagelliforme
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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: Eriospermum flagelliforme., retrieved 24 September 2023

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