Siphonochilus kirkii (Hook. f.) B.L. Burtt

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Siphonochilus kirkii

Photo: Warren McCleland
Napuda, Cabo Delgado.

Siphonochilus kirkii

Photo: Warren McCleland
Napuda, Cabo Delgado.

Siphonochilus kirkii

Photo: Warren McCleland
Napuda, Cabo Delgado.

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Synonyms: Kaempferia carsonii Baker
Kaempferia kirkii (Hook.f.) Wittm. & Perring
Kaempferia rosea Baker
Siphonochilus carsonii (Baker) Lock
Siphonochilus decorus (Druten) Lock
Common names: Rose ginger (English)
Frequency: Occasional
Status: Native
Perennial herb, growing from a short thick rhizome. Leaves almost fully developed at the time of flowering. Inflorescence up to 15-flowered on a separate shoot from the base of the leaves. Flowers short-lived, appearing in succession, large and showy, pink with a white centre. The large lip has a yellow nectar guide with or without a dark purple mark on either side.
Notes: Yellow-flowered plants were formerly regarded as a separate species under the name Siphonochilus decorus (Druten) B.L. Burtt. Recent genetic research established this is merely a colour form and the two forms are now considered conspecific with the name S. decorus as a synonym.
Derivation of specific name: kirkii: named after Dr John Kirk, who accompanied David Livingstone on his Zambezi expedition of 1858
Habitat: In semi-shade in woodland, sometimes at the foot of termite mounds.
Altitude range: Up to 1200 m
Flowering time:Nov - Jan
Worldwide distribution: Sudan, D.R. Congo, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe and the Caprivi.
Mozambique distribution: N,Z,T,MS
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
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Insects associated with this species: Physcaeneura pione (Food plant)
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Content last updated: Sunday 28 September 2014

Baumann, G. (2005). Photographic Guide to Wildflowers of Malawi Wildlife and Environmental Society of Malawi Pages 240 - 241. (Includes a picture).

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

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 142.

Lock, J.M. (2010). Zingiberaceae Flora Zambesiaca 13(4) Pages 125 - 127. (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 112. Also as S. carsonii and S. decorus

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

Pickering, H. & Roe, E. (2009). Wild Flowers of the Victoria Falls Area Helen Pickering, London Page 115. (Includes a picture).

Plowes, D.C.H. & Drummond, R.B. (1990). Wild Flowers of Zimbabwe. Revised edition. Longman, Zimbabwe. No. 28, plate 47 & 48

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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: Siphonochilus kirkii., retrieved 18 August 2019

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