Crinum macowanii Baker

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Crinum macowanii

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Cascades rd near Morumbodzi River crossing, Mt Gorongosa, Mozambique

Crinum macowanii

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10 kms south of the Temane gas works, Bokplaas Farm, near Inhassoro

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Synonyms: Crinum johnstonii Baker
Crinum pedicellatum Pax
Common names: Common vlei-lily (English)
Frequency: Frequent
Status: Native
Bulb globose, up to 20 cm in diameter. Leaves in a rosette, blue-green or occasionally green, up to 118 × 4-22 cm broad, without a distinct scabrous midrib or keel; margin scabrid, slightly to markedly undulate. Flowers 2-18 per umbel. Perianth segments white with a pink keel. Fruits green fading to dull yellow. Seeds with a greyish, water-repellent outer covering over a green photosynthetic layer, variable in shape, floating in water.
Notes: Zimudzi et al. in Flora Zambesiaca give the altitude range as 600 - 1400 m. However, in Mozambique the species occurs at much lower altitudes.
Derivation of specific name: macowanii: Named after Peter MacOwan (1830-1909), English botanist and teacher who collected extensively in the Eastern Cape.
Habitat: In vleis and moist grassland
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Flowering time:Oct - Jan
Worldwide distribution: From S Ethiopia to South Africa, including Zambia, Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Botswana.
Mozambique distribution: MS
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Content last updated: Wednesday 12 March 2014

Baumann, G. (2005). Photographic Guide to Wildflowers of Malawi Wildlife and Environmental Society of Malawi Pages 200 - 201. (Includes a picture).

Bolnick, D. (2007). A Guide to the Common Wild Flowers of Zambia and Neighbouring Regions Revised Edition. WECS, Lusaka, Zambia

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 17.

Kirby, G. (2013). Wild Flowers of Southeast Botswana Struik Nature, Cape Town South Africa Page 249. (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 84.

Moriarty, A. (1975). Wild Flowers of Malawi Purnell & sons Cape Town. Pages 3 - 4. As Crinum pedicellatum (Includes a picture).

Plowes, D.C.H. & Drummond, R.B. (1990). Wild Flowers of Zimbabwe. Revised edition. Longman, Zimbabwe. N0. 11, plate 27 & 28

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 112.

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

Zimudzi, C., Archer, R.H., Kwembeya, E.G. & Nordal, I. (2008). Amaryllidacae Flora Zambesiaca 13(1) Pages 129 - 130.

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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: Crinum macowanii., retrieved 22 July 2024

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