Cyrtanthus galpinii Baker

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Cyrtanthus galpinii

Photo: Stefaan Dondeyne
Along path from Chikukwa to Muhowa Waterfall, lower Chimanimani Mts

Cyrtanthus galpinii

Photo: Stefaan Dondeyne
Along path from Chikukwa to Muhowa Waterfall, lower Chimanimani Mts

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Synonyms: Cyrtanthus balenii Phillips
Common names:
Frequency: Occasional
Status: Native
Small, pink-flowered herb, 1- or less often 2-flowered, flowering before the leaves. Bracts 2. Petals 6. Style lobes 3. Stamens 6, 3 lower down in the tube of the corolla than the other 3. Ovary inferior.
Derivation of specific name: galpinii: after E.E. Galpin (1858-1941), a botanical collector
Habitat: Amongst grass on dry rocky slopes in open Brachystegia woodland
Altitude range: 1100 - 1800 m
Flowering time:(May-)Aug - Sep
Worldwide distribution: Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Eswatini, South Africa
Mozambique distribution: MS
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Content last updated: Monday 11 July 2011

Fabian, A. & Germishuizen, G. (1997). Wild Flowers of Northern South Africa. Fernwood Press, Vlaeburg. Pages 76 - 77. (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 84.

Pooley, E. (1998). A Field Guide to the Wild Flowers of KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Region. Natal Flora Publications Trust. Durban. Pages 40 - 41. (Includes a picture).

Zimudzi, C., Archer, R.H., Kwembeya, E.G. & Nordal, I. (2006). Synopsis of the Amaryllidaceae from the Flora Zambesiaca area Kirkia 18(2) Page 156.

Zimudzi, C., Archer, R.H., Kwembeya, E.G. & Nordal, I. (2008). Amaryllidacae Flora Zambesiaca 13(1) Pages 110 - 112. (Includes a picture).

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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: Cyrtanthus galpinii., retrieved 4 December 2023

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