Merwilla lazulina (Wild) Speta

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Merwilla lazulina

Photo: Ton Rulkens
Northern tail of the Chimanimani Mts.

Merwilla lazulina

Photo: Ton Rulkens
Northern tail of the Chimanimani Mts.

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Synonyms: Scilla lazulina Wild
Scilla natalensis Planch.
Common names:
Status: Native
Perennial herb, up to 40 cm high, growing from a narrowly ovoid bulb, up to 7 cm in diameter. Leaves lanceolate, up to 15 cm long, hairless, green often purplish near base. Inflorescence a lax many-flowered raceme, 3–15 cm long. Pedicels 4–10 mm long, spreading to erect; bracts filiform, 4–8 mm long. Perianth segments oblong, 4–6 mm long, spreading to reflexed, blue. Ovary and filaments often white. Capsule c.5 mm long.
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: Montane grassland and rocky areas on shallow soils.
Altitude range: 1000 - 2300 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe.
Mozambique distribution: Z,MS
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Content last updated: Sunday 28 June 2015

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 49.

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. as Scilla lazulina

Moriarty, A. (1975). Wild Flowers of Malawi Purnell & sons Cape Town. Pages 31 - 32. as Scilla natalensis (Includes a picture).

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 108. as Scilla lazulina

Wild, H. (1964). New and interesting species Kirkia 4 Pages 163 - 164.

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 2007-24

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

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