Schizobasis intricata (Baker) Baker

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Schizobasis intricata

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Foothills of Mount Ribaue, Ribaue District, Nampula province

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Synonyms: Anthericum intricatum Baker
Asparagus cuscutoides Burch. ex Baker
Drimia intricata (Baker) J.C.Manning & Goldblatt
Schizobasis angolensis Baker
Schizobasis buchubergensis Dinter
Schizobasis dinteri K.Krause
Schizobasis gracilis R.E. Fr.
Schizobasis macowanii Baker
Schizobasis schlechteri Baker
Common names:
Status: Native
Perennial herb growing from a globose bulb, 2.5-3.7 cm in diameter. Leaves 4-10, basal, terete, erect, 7.5-10 cm long, normally gone before the stems appear; scape erect, 7.5-30 cm tall including the inflorescence; peduncle as long as the panicle, sometimes spirally twisted; panicle, 7.5-25 cm long and broad, very lax, with zigzag rhachis, slender, spreading, or ascending; pedicels 1-2.5 cm long. Flowers bell-shaped, 0.4 cm long; segments oblong-obtuse, white or yellow, with a distinct brown keel; capsule ellipsoid, 4-5 mm long.
Notes: For now we have treated Schizobasis intricata as a broadly defined variable species as suggested by Manning, Deacon & Goldblatt (2014) and Stedje (pers. comm. 2019) and have included S. angolensis Baker as a synonym.
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Habitat: Among rocks on hillsides
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Worldwide distribution: Angola, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia, Eswatini and South Africa
Mozambique distribution: N,MS (other?)
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Content last updated: Friday 5 February 2016

Manning, J.C., Deacon, J. & Goldblatt, P. (2014). A review of the Schizobasis group of Drimia Jacq. (Hyacinthaceae: Urgineoideae), and the new species D. sigmoidea from the Western Cape, South Africa South African Journal of Botany 94 Pages 264 - 267. As Drimia intricata (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 91. Also as Schizobasis angolensis

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 115. As Schizobasis angolensis

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 123. also as Drimia intricata

Stedje, B. (1996). Hyacinthaceae Flora of Tropical East Africa Pages 28 - 29. (Includes a picture).

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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Mozambique: Species information: Schizobasis intricata., retrieved 24 July 2024

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