Afrosolen schimperi (Aschers. & Klatt) Goldblatt & J.C.Manning

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Afrosolen schimperi

Photo: Bart Wursten
Mutoya Lodge, Kalimbeza

Afrosolen schimperi

Photo: Bart Wursten
Mutoya Lodge, Kalimbeza

Afrosolen schimperi

Photo: Bart Wursten
Mutoya Lodge, Kalimbeza

Afrosolen schimperi

Photo: Bart Wursten
Mutoya Lodge, Kalimbeza

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Synonyms: Acidanthera unicolor Hochst. ex Baker
Anomatheca angolensis Baker
Lapeirousia angolensis (Baker) R.C. Foster
Lapeirousia cyanescens Welw. ex Baker
Lapeirousia dinteri Vaupel
Lapeirousia edulis Schinz
Lapeirousia fragrans Welw. ex Baker
Lapeirousia monteiroi Baker
Lapeirousia porphyrosiphon Baker
Lapeirousia schimperi (Aschers. & Klatt) Milne-Redh.
Lapeirousia uliginosa Dinter
Psilosiphon schimperi (Aschers. & Klatt) Goldblatt & J.C. Manning
Tritonia schimperi Asch. & Klatt
Common names:
Status: Native
Perennial herb, to 80 cm tall, growing from corms. Foliage leaves 3 or more, the lower 2 usually exceeding the inflorescence; upper leaves smaller and bract-like. Stem laxly branched. Inflorescence a lax false panicle. Flowers zygomorphic, white to cream, rarely pale violet; perianth-tube long, 10-15 cm; tepals 6-7 mm wide, extended at right angles to the tube. Stamens 1-sided. Style divided, the branches forked.
Derivation of specific name: schimperi: named after Wilhelm Schimper, explorer and collector, particularly in Ethiopia.
Habitat: In damp places such as streamsides, dambos and seasonal marshes, in arid country.
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Angola, Botswana, Caprivi, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Namibia, Sudan, Tanzania,Zambia and Zimbabwe
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Content last updated: Tuesday 27 February 2018

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 313. As Lapeirousia schimperi (Includes a picture).

Chapano, C. & Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 24. As Lapeirousia schimperi

Goldblatt, P. (1990). Systematics of Lapeirousia (Iridaceae–Ixioideae) in Tropical Africa Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden 77(3) Pages 472 - 476. As Lapeirousia schimperi (Includes a picture).

Goldblatt, P. (1993). Iridaceae Flora Zambesiaca 12(4) Pages 36 - 38. As Lapeirousia schimperi (Includes a picture).

Goldblatt, P. & Manning, J.C. (2015). Systematics and Biology of Lapeirousia, Codonorhiza, Psilosiphon and Schizorhiza in Southern Africa Strelitzia 35 South African National Biodiversity Institute, Pretoria Pages 133 - 137. As Psilosiphon schimperi (Includes a picture).

Goldblatt, P. & Manning, J.C. (2016). Nomenclatural adjustments in African plants 2 Bothalia 46(1) Page 4.

Heath, A. & Heath, R. (2009). Field Guide to the Plants of Northern Botswana including the Okavango Delta Kew Publishing Page 391. As Lapeirousia schimperi (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 92. As Lapeirousia schimperi

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 116. As Lapeirousia schimperi

Roodt, V. (2011). Wild flowers, Waterplants and Grasses of the Okavango Delta and Kalahari "Did You Know" nature series Struik Nature for Veronica Roodt Publications Page 36. As Lapeirousia schimperi (Includes a picture).

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 125. As Lapeirousia schimperi

Timberlake, J.R. & Childes, S.L. (2004). Biodiversity of the Four Corners Area: Technical Reviews Volume Two (Chapter 5-15) Appendix 5-1: Plant Checklist Occasional Publications in Biodiversity 15 Page 185. As Lapeirousia schimperi

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Flora of Zambia: Afrosolen schimperi
Flora of Zimbabwe: Afrosolen schimperi

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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Caprivi: Species information: Afrosolen schimperi., retrieved 24 February 2024

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