Drimia altissima (L.f.) Ker Gawl.

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Drimia altissima

Photo: Tony Benn
Serowe, Central District.

Drimia altissima

Photo: Tony Benn
Serowe, Central District.

Drimia altissima

Photo: Tony Benn
Serowe, Central District.

Drimia altissima

Photo: Tony Benn
Serowe, Central District.

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Synonyms: Urginea altissima (L.f.) Baker
Urginea micrantha (A. Rich.) Solms
Common names: Tall white squill (English)
Tall perennial herb, up to 1 m tall, growing from a large bulb, often half above ground with tough, overlapping fleshy scales. Leaves tough, erect, up to 30 × 3 cm, absent at flowering time. Flowers in a dense terminal raceme, up to 60 cm long, white with a green midline on the outside of the tepals. Flowers opening in the morning, usually closing by midday.
Derivation of specific name: altissima: very tall
Flowering time:Sep - Dec
Worldwide distribution: Tropical and South Africa.
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Baumann, G. (2005). Photographic Guide to Wildflowers of Malawi Wildlife and Environmental Society of Malawi Pages 196 - 197. as Urginea altissima (Includes a picture).

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 126. Also as Urginea micrantha

Kirby, G. (2013). Wild Flowers of Southeast Botswana Struik Nature, Cape Town South Africa Page 85. (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 91. as Urginea altissima

Pickering, H. & Roe, E. (2009). Wild Flowers of the Victoria Falls Area Helen Pickering, London Page 65. (Includes a picture).

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 122.

Shone, D.K. & Drummond, R.B. (1965). Poisonous Plants of Rhodesia Ministry of Agriculture, Rhodesia Pages 30 - 31. as Urginea altissima (Includes a picture).

Stedje, B. (1996). Hyacinthaceae Flora of Tropical East Africa Pages 19 - 20. (Includes a picture).

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 108.

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Flora of Botswana: Drimia altissima
Flora of Malawi: Drimia altissima
Flora of Mozambique: Drimia altissima
Flora of Zambia: Drimia altissima
Flora of Zimbabwe: Drimia altissima

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Drimia altissima
African Plant Database: Drimia altissima
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Drimia altissima
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Drimia altissima
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Drimia altissima
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Drimia altissima
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Drimia altissima
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network): Drimia altissima
iNaturalist: Drimia altissima
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Drimia altissima
JSTOR Plant Science: Drimia altissima
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Drimia altissima
Kew Monocotyledon checklist: Drimia altissima
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Drimia altissima
Plants of the World Online: Drimia altissima
Tropicos: Drimia altissima
Wikipedia: Drimia altissima

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-22

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2022). Flora of Caprivi: Species information: Drimia altissima.
https://www.capriviflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=114260, retrieved 9 December 2022

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