Aframomum albiflorum Lock

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Aframomum albiflorum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Murombodzi Falls, lower slopes Mt Gorongosa

Aframomum albiflorum

Photo: David Gwynne-Evans
Northeastern slopes Mt Mabu

Aframomum albiflorum

Photo: David Gwynne-Evans
Northeastern slopes Mt Mabu

Aframomum albiflorum

Photo: David Gwynne-Evans
Northeastern slopes Mt Mabu

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Common names:
Frequency: Locally common
Status: Native
Leafy shoots arising from extensive rhizomes. Inflorescences 2-3-flowered, also arising from the rhizome. Corolla white. Labellum white with yellow basal patch.
Notes: See Aframomum angustifolium for comparison
Derivation of specific name: albiforum: with white flowers
Habitat: Understorey and margin of forests
Altitude range: 800 - 1500 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe
Mozambique distribution: N,Z,MS
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
Insects associated with this species: Pselaphelia flavivitta (Food plant)
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Content last updated: Sunday 5 October 2014

Lock, J.M. (2010). Zingiberaceae Flora Zambesiaca 13(4) Pages 139 - 140.

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 112.

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 187.

Timberlake, J.R., Bayliss, J., Dowsett-Lemaire, F., Congdon, C., Branch, B., Collins, S., Curran, M., Dowsett, R,J., Fishpool, L., Francisco, J., Harris, Kopp, M. & de Sousa, C. (2012). Mt Mabu, Mozambique: Biodiversity and Conservation Report produced under the Darwin Initiative Award 15/036. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, London Page 72.

Wursten, B., Timberlake, J. & Darbyshire, I. (2017). The Chimanimani Mountains: an updated checklist. Kirkia 19(1) Page 87.

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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Mozambique: Species information: Aframomum albiflorum., retrieved 5 December 2023

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