Hesperantha petitiana (A. Rich.) Baker

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Hesperantha petitiana

Photo: Tina Meikle
On Mozambique side of border near Penhalonga

Hesperantha petitiana

Photo: Tina Meikle
On Mozambique side of border near Penhalonga

Hesperantha petitiana

Photo: Tina Meikle
On Mozambique side of border near Penhalonga

Hesperantha petitiana

Photo: Tina Meikle
On Mozambique side of border near Penhalonga

Hesperantha petitiana

Photo: Tina Meikle
On Mozambique side of border near Penhalonga

Hesperantha petitiana

Photo: Tina Meikle
On Mozambique side of border near Penhalonga

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Synonyms: Geissorhiza alpina Hook. f.
Ixia petitiana A. Rich.
Common names:
Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
Perennial herb, 8-30 cm tall. Leaves 3-4, the lower 2(-3) basal and longer than the others; the upper leaf inserted about the middle of the stem. Spike 2-6-flowered, the flowers borne erect. Floral bracts 12-15 mm long, the outer bracts with the margins free to the base. Flowers pink, lilac or white; perianth tube 6-9 mm, cylindric and straight.
Notes: Appears to be the first record of this species for Mozambique.

Tina Meikle reports that her plants opened in the early morning and were closed by 10 am.
Derivation of specific name: petitiana: after Antoine Petit (?-1843), French naturalist and botanist who traveled in Ethiopia in 1838. He was killed by a crocodile in the Tacazze River in 1843.
Habitat: In rocky areas, on cliffs or in grassland.
Altitude range:
Flowering time:Feb - Apr
Worldwide distribution: Cameroon, Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Malawi, (possibly Zambia), Zimbabwe and Mozambique
Mozambique distribution: MS
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
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Content last updated: Thursday 22 May 2014
Literature:

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 313. (Includes a picture).

Goldblatt, P. (1993). Iridaceae Flora Zambesiaca 12(4) Pages 59 - 61. (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 92.

Moriarty, A. (1975). Wild Flowers of Malawi Purnell & sons Cape Town. Pages 13 - 14. (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 111.

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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: Hesperantha petitiana.
https://www.mozambiqueflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=115790, retrieved 13 November 2019

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