Schizocarphus nervosus (Burch.) Van der Merwe

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Schizocarphus nervosus

Photo: Bart Wursten
Between Mucadue and Muvomodzi Rivers, Mudzunzo locality, eastern Chimanimani Mts.

Schizocarphus nervosus

Photo: Bart Wursten
Between Mucadue and Muvomodzi Rivers, Mudzunzo locality, eastern Chimanimani Mts.

Schizocarphus nervosus

Photo: Bart Wursten
Between Mucadue and Muvomodzi Rivers, Mudzunzo locality, eastern Chimanimani Mts.

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Synonyms: Dasystachys nervata C.H. Wright
Ornithogalum nervosum Burch.
Scilla nervosa (Burch.) J.P.Jessop
Scilla rigidifolia Kunth
Scilla setifera Baker
Common names: Sand lily (English) Wild squill (English)
Status: Native
Perennial herb, up to 55 cm high, growing from a bulb up to 5 cm in diameter. Leaves linear to lanceolate, up to 35 cm long, mostly hairles, sometimes pubescent or with ciliate hairs. Flowering stem pubescent in the upper part. Inflorescence a densely flowered raceme, 5–17 cm long. Pedicels 5–9 mm long, spreading, pubescent; bracts narrowly lanceolate, up to 8 mm. Perianth segments oblong, 3–5 mm long, spreading to reflexed, white or greenish-white, rarely pale purple or blue. Ovary, filaments or anthers often bluish or dark-coloured. Capsule 3–4 mm long, often on pedicels longer than 9 mm.
Notes: Plants are said to be toxic to life stock.
Derivation of specific name: nervosa: nerved
Habitat: On sandy soils, in vleis, wet grassland and depressions in Brachystegia woodland. especially noticeable after a burn.
Altitude range: 900 - 2200 m
Flowering time:Oct - Nov
Worldwide distribution: Angola, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana and South Africa.
Mozambique distribution: MS
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Content last updated: Sunday 29 March 2015

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 307. (Includes a picture).

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 50.

Fabian, A. & Germishuizen, G. (1997). Wild Flowers of Northern South Africa. Fernwood Press, Vlaeburg. Pages 56 - 57. as Scilla nervosa

Kirby, G. (2013). Wild Flowers of Southeast Botswana Struik Nature, Cape Town South Africa Page 90. as Schizocarphus nervosus (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. as Scilla nervosa

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

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

Pooley, E. (1998). A Field Guide to the Wild Flowers of KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Region. Natal Flora Publications Trust. Durban. Pages 96 - 97. as Scilla nervosa (Includes a picture).

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

Stedje, B. (1996). Hyacinthaceae Flora of Tropical East Africa Pages 10 - 11. as Scilla nervosa (Includes a picture).

Van Wyk, B. & Malan, S. (1988). Field Guide to the Wild Flowers of the Witwatersrand and Pretoria Region Struik, Cape Town Pages 72 - 73. as Scilla nervosa (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: Schizocarphus nervosus
Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Schizocarphus nervosus
Flora of Malawi: Schizocarphus nervosus
Flora of Zambia: Schizocarphus nervosus
Flora of Zimbabwe: Schizocarphus nervosus

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Schizocarphus nervosus
African Plant Database: Schizocarphus nervosus
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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Schizocarphus nervosus
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Wikipedia: Schizocarphus nervosus

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: Schizocarphus nervosus., retrieved 19 June 2024

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