Afrosolen erythranthus (Klotzsch ex Klatt) Goldblatt & J.C.Manning

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Afrosolen erythranthus

Photo: Stefaan Dondeyne
Along road to Buye Rotanda, Sussundenga District

Afrosolen erythranthus

Photo: Stefaan Dondeyne
Along road to Buye Rotanda, Sussundenga District

Afrosolen erythranthus

Photo: Stefaan Dondeyne
Along road to Buye Rotanda, Sussundenga District

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Synonyms: Lapeirousia erythrantha (Klotzsch ex Klatt) Baker
Lapeirousia rhodesiana N.E. Br.
Psilosiphon erythranthus (Klotzsch ex Klatt) Goldblatt & J.C. Manning
Common names: Bluebells (English)
Frequency: Frequent
Status: Native
Perennial herb, growing from corms. Stems repeatedly branched. Inflorescence branched, the flowers crowded terminally. Flowers often purple-blue with dark blue and pale nectar guides on the three lower tepals. There are,however, several other colour forms: a deep maroon-red form, usually lacking markings, which appears to be more widespread at lower altitudes, and a blue form which is more common elsewhere. Flowers may rarely be pale mauve or white, with or without dark markings on the lower tepals.
Derivation of specific name: erythranthus: red-flowered, despite the fact that flowers are often blue-violet
Habitat: Fairly widespread, occurring on shallow soil over granite rock or on badly drained soil in woodland and grassland.
Altitude range:
Flowering time:Dec - Mar
Worldwide distribution: Angola, Botswana, DRC (Shaba), Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe
Mozambique distribution: N,Z,T,MS
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Content last updated: Wednesday 23 February 2011

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

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

Chapano, C. & Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 23. As Lapeirousia erythrantha

Da Silva, M.C., Izidine, S. & Amude, A.B. (2004). A preliminary checklist of the vascular plants of Mozambique. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 30 Sabonet, Pretoria Page 127. As Lapeirousia erythrantha

Goldblatt, P. (1990). Systematics of Lapeirousia (Iridaceae–Ixioideae) in Tropical Africa Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden 77(3) Pages 451 - 456. As Lapeirousia erythrantha (Includes a picture).

Goldblatt, P. (1993). Iridaceae Flora Zambesiaca 12(4) Pages 31 - 33. As Lapeirousia erythrantha (Includes a picture).

Goldblatt, P. & Manning, J.C. (2015). Systematics and Biology of Lapeirousia, Codonorhiza, Psilosiphon and Schizorhiza in Southern Africa Strelitzia 35 South African National Biodiversity Institute, Pretoria Pages 123 - 126. As Psilosiphon erythranthus (Includes a picture).

Goldblatt, P. & Manning, J.C. (2016). Nomenclatural adjustments in African plants 2 Bothalia 46(1) Page 4.

Linley, K. & Baker, B. (1972). Flowers of the Veld Bundu Series Longman Zimbabwe Page 25. As Lapeirousia rhodesiana

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. As Lapeirousia erythrantha

Moriarty, A. (1975). Wild Flowers of Malawi Purnell & sons Cape Town. Pages 13 - 14. As Lapeirousia erythrantha (Includes a picture).

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

Pickering, H. & Roe, E. (2009). Wild Flowers of the Victoria Falls Area Helen Pickering, London Page 66. As Lapeirousia erythrantha (Includes a picture).

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 125. As Lapeirousia erythrantha

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 111. As Lapeirousia erythrantha

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

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Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2022). Flora of Mozambique: Species information: Afrosolen erythranthus., retrieved 2 December 2022

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