Drimia sanguinea (Schinz) Jessop

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Drimia sanguinea

Photo: Nicholas Wightman
Cultivated at Dabuyu Farms

Drimia sanguinea

Photo: Nicholas Wightman
Cultivated at Dabuyu Farms

Drimia sanguinea

Photo: Nicholas Wightman
Cultivated at Dabuyu Farms

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Synonyms: Urginea burkei Baker
Urginea sanguinea Schinz
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Description:
Bulbous perennial herb, 20-40(60) cm high, flowering before leaves; bulb 5-8 cm wide, scales and flesh reddish; leaves c. 35 x 1.2-1.5 cm, linear to lanceolate, grooved, tough and stiff; scape erect, up to 4 mm in diameter at lowest flower; raceme 8-26 cm long, lax to relatively dense, 25-60 flowers; bracts c. 3 mm long with 1 or 2 spurs c. 0.5 mm long, one in the middle and 1 at base of bract; pedicels 2.5-11 mm long; perianth segments spreading, 6-8 mm long, white to greenish-white with purplish to greenish midrib; capsule broadly fusiform with blunt ends, 10-14 x 6-10 mm, dry perianth segments forming a cap on developing capsule; seeds c. 8 x 4 mm.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: sanguinea: blood-red, referring to the colour of the bulbs and bulb scales.
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Flowering time:(Aug-)Sep - Oct-(Nov)
Worldwide distribution: Angola and Botswana east through Zambia and Zimbabwe to Malawi and Mozambique south to South Africa.
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Literature:

Kativu, S. & Stedje, B. (2001). Hyacinthaceae Pages 98 - 99.

Kirby, G. (2013). Wild Flowers of Southeast Botswana Struik Nature, Cape Town South Africa Page 86. (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 sanguinea

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 123.

Shone, D.K. & Drummond, R.B. (1965). Poisonous Plants of Rhodesia Ministry of Agriculture, Rhodesia Pages 34 - 36. as Urginea sanguinea (Includes a picture).

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Flora of Botswana: Drimia sanguinea
Flora of Mozambique: Drimia sanguinea
Flora of Zambia: Drimia sanguinea
Flora of Zimbabwe: Drimia sanguinea

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Drimia sanguinea
African Plant Database: Drimia sanguinea
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Drimia sanguinea
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Drimia sanguinea
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Drimia sanguinea
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Drimia sanguinea
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Drimia sanguinea
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network): Drimia sanguinea
iNaturalist: Drimia sanguinea
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Drimia sanguinea
JSTOR Plant Science: Drimia sanguinea
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Drimia sanguinea
Kew Monocotyledon checklist: Drimia sanguinea
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Drimia sanguinea
Plants of the World Online: Drimia sanguinea
The Plant List (version 1.1): Drimia sanguinea
Tropicos: Drimia sanguinea
Wikipedia: Drimia sanguinea


Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-19

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2019). Flora of Caprivi: Species information: Drimia sanguinea.
https://www.capriviflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=114300, retrieved 21 November 2019

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