Scadoxus multiflorus (Martyn) Raf.
subsp. multiflorus

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Scadoxus multiflorus subsp. multiflorus

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along Urema rd between rd no 7 and old Bridge, Gorongosa National Park.

Scadoxus multiflorus subsp. multiflorus

Photo: Alan Gardiner
On the lower slopes of Serra de Guruve above the Tea Estates

Scadoxus multiflorus subsp. multiflorus

Photo: Stefaan Dondeyne
Along road just before Mussapa Gorge, Chikukwa, lower Chimanimani Mts

Scadoxus multiflorus subsp. multiflorus

Photo: Stefaan Dondeyne
Along road just before Mussapa Gorge, Chikukwa, lower Chimanimani Mts

Scadoxus multiflorus subsp. multiflorus

Photo: Bart Wursten
Lower slopes Mt Bunga, Gorongosa National Park.

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Synonyms: Haemanthus multiflorus Martyn
Common names: Blood lily (English) Common fireball (English)
Frequency: Common
Status: Native
Perennial herb, growing from a large bulb. The plants die back every year and usually flower before the leaves fully develop. A single spherical inflorescence, containing up to 150 individual flowers, is borne on a fleshy stem.
Derivation of specific name: multiflorus: many-flowered
Habitat: In grassland and woodland, in humus among boulders and on termite mounds
Altitude range:
Flowering time:Oct - Dec
Worldwide distribution: Throughout tropical Africa, extending to the Yemen, South Africa and Namibia.
Mozambique distribution: Z,T,MS,GI,M
Growth form(s):
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Content last updated: Saturday 19 December 2015

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Chapano, C., Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 31. As Scadoxus multiflorus katharinae

Heath, A. & Heath, R. (2009). Field Guide to the Plants of Northern Botswana including the Okavango Delta Kew Publishing Page 113. (Includes a picture).

Kirby, G. (2013). Wild Flowers of Southeast Botswana Struik Nature, Cape Town South Africa Page 238. (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 85.

Pickering, H. & Roe, E. (2009). Wild Flowers of the Victoria Falls Area Helen Pickering, London Page 25. (Includes a picture).

Plowes, D.C.H. & Drummond, R.B. (1990). Wild Flowers of Zimbabwe. Revised edition. Longman, Zimbabwe. No. 13, plates 30 & 31

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 113.

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 37. as Haemanthus multiflorus

Timberlake, J.R. & Childes, S.L. (2004). Biodiversity of the Four Corners Area: Technical Reviews Volume Two (Chapter 5-15) Appendix 5-1: Plant Checklist Occasional Publications in Biodiversity 15 Page 180.

Zimudzi, C., Archer, R.H., Kwembeya, E.G. & Nordal, I. (2008). Amaryllidacae Flora Zambesiaca 13(1) Pages 104 - 105. (Includes a picture).

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Flora of Botswana: Scadoxus multiflorus subsp. multiflorus
Flora of Caprivi: Scadoxus multiflorus subsp. multiflorus
Flora of Malawi: Scadoxus multiflorus subsp. multiflorus
Flora of Zambia: Scadoxus multiflorus subsp. multiflorus
Flora of Zimbabwe: Scadoxus multiflorus subsp. multiflorus

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Scadoxus multiflorus
African Plant Database: Scadoxus multiflorus
Biodiversity Explorer (Biodiversity of southern Africa): Scadoxus multiflorus
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Scadoxus multiflorus
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Scadoxus multiflorus
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Scadoxus multiflorus
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Scadoxus multiflorus
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Scadoxus multiflorus
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network): Scadoxus multiflorus
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Scadoxus multiflorus
JSTOR Plant Science: Scadoxus multiflorus
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Scadoxus multiflorus
Kew Monocotyledon checklist: Scadoxus multiflorus
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Scadoxus multiflorus
The Plant List (version 1.1): Scadoxus multiflorus
Tropicos: Scadoxus multiflorus

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-19

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2019). Flora of Mozambique: Species information: Scadoxus multiflorus subsp. multiflorus., retrieved 23 April 2019

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