Gloriosa sessiliflora Nordal & M.G. Bingham

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Gloriosa sessiliflora

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Mongu District, Lealui

Gloriosa sessiliflora

Photo: Mike Bingham
Mongu District, Mongu, Bulozi floodplain. c. 2 km West of Lealui.

Gloriosa sessiliflora

Photo: Mike Bingham

Gloriosa sessiliflora

Photo: Mike Bingham

Gloriosa sessiliflora

Photo: Mike Bingham
Lusaka, ex Sioma.

Gloriosa sessiliflora

Photo: Mike Bingham
Sesheke District, Mwandi.

Gloriosa sessiliflora

Photo: Mike Bingham
Sesheke District, Mwandi, Zambezi floodplain.

Gloriosa sessiliflora

Photo: Mike Bingham
Shang'ombe (was Senanga) District, Sioma, Ngonye Falls.

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Common names:
Status: Native
Herb, erect, to 1 m. tall, or leaning and scrambling; with a single leafy lateral branch arising below the shorter flowering branch. Differs from G. superba in the flowers usually sessile and facing sideways, exceptionally stalked; funnel-shaped, the tepals not reflexed, orange or yellow, margins sinuate. Stamens approximately half the length of the tepals, not wide spreading, slightly upturned.
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Flowering time:Dec
Worldwide distribution: South-western Zambia and Angola; unconfirmed reports from Caprivi.
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Bingham, M.G. & Smith, P.P. (2002). Zambia, in Janice S. Golding: Southern African Plant Red Data List Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No 24 SABONET Page 140.

Maroyi, A. (2012). The genus Gloriosa (Colchicaceae) - ethnobotany, phylogeny and taxonomy Wageningen University, Netherlands Page 120. Thesis (Includes a picture).

Nordal, I. & Bingham, M.G. (1998). Description of a new species, Gloriosa sessiliflora (Colchicaceae), with notes on the relationship between Gloriosa and Littonia. Kew Bulletin 53 Page 479. (Includes a picture).

Vinnersten, A. & Manning, J. (2007). A new classification of Colchicaceae. Taxon 56 Pages 171 - 178.

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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: Gloriosa sessiliflora., retrieved 1 March 2024

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