Radinosiphon leptostachya (Baker) N.E. Br.

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Radinosiphon leptostachya

Photo: Bart Wursten
Platau below Nhandore Peak, Mt Gorongosa

Radinosiphon leptostachya

Photo: Bart Wursten
Slopes towards Mt Nhamedimu, Chimanimani Mts.

Radinosiphon leptostachya

Photo: Bart Wursten
Slopes towards Mt Nhamedimu, Chimanimani Mts.

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Synonyms: Acidanthera holostachya (Baker) N.E. Br.
Acidanthera leptostachya (Baker) N.E. Br.
Acidanthera lomatensis N.E. Br.
Lapeirousia holostachya Baker
Lapeirousia leptostachya Baker
Radinosiphon cameronii N.E. Br.
Radinosiphon holostachya (Baker) N.E. Br.
Radinosiphon lomatensis (N.E. Br.) N.E. Br.
Tritonia acroloba Harms
Common names:
Frequency: Locally frequent
Status: Native
Perennial herb, 10-50 cm high, growing from corms, the plants dying back in winter. leaves several, mostly basal, narrowly lanceolate, 8-15 mm wide, reaching to about the base of the flowering spike. Flowering stem simple or 1-3-branched. Flowering spike 4-12-flowered, sometimes more. Flowers pink to purple; tube 20-30 mm long; tepals unequal, upper 10-12 mm long, lower 8-11 mm long, streaked with darker pink or purple in the midline. Capsule globose, 4-5 mm in diameter.
Derivation of specific name: leptostachya: with a slender spike
Habitat: Restricted to rocky grassland in mountainous areas, where it grows among boulders and on cliffs.
Altitude range:
Flowering time:Dec - Apr
Worldwide distribution: Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Mozambique south through Zimbabwe, Eswatini and South Africa
Mozambique distribution: N,T,MS
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
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Content last updated: Monday 24 November 2014

Baumann, G. (2005). Photographic Guide to Wildflowers of Malawi Wildlife and Environmental Society of Malawi Pages 206 - 207. (Includes a picture).

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).

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 36. As Lapeirousia leptostachya

Goldblatt, P. (1993). Iridaceae Flora Zambesiaca 12(4) Pages 64 - 65. (Includes a picture).

Goldblatt, P. (1996). Iridaceae Flora of Tropical East Africa Pages 46 - 48. (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).

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 116.

Wursten, B., Timberlake, J. & Darbyshire, I. (2017). The Chimanimani Mountains: an updated checklist. Kirkia 19(1) Page 83.

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Radinosiphon leptostachya
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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: Radinosiphon leptostachya.
https://www.mozambiqueflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=116010, retrieved 2 March 2024

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