Androcymbium melanthioides Willd.

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Androcymbium melanthioides

Photo: Tony Benn
Serowe, Central District.

Androcymbium melanthioides

Photo: Tony Benn
Serowe, Central District.

Androcymbium melanthioides

Photo: Tony Benn
Serowe, Central District.

Androcymbium melanthioides

Photo: Tony Benn
Serowe, Central District.

Androcymbium melanthioides

Photo: Tony Benn
Serowe, Central District.

Androcymbium melanthioides

Photo: Tony Benn
Serowe, Central District.

Androcymbium melanthioides

Photo: Tony Benn
Serowe, Central District.

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Synonyms: Androcymbium melanthioides Willd. var. acaule Baker
Androcymbium melanthioides Willd. var. subulatum (Baker) Baker
Androcymbium subulatum Baker
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Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
Perennial herb, growing from a conical to subglobose corm, set 10-20 cm below ground. The plants have virtually no stem above ground. Leaves 2-3, linear with a broadened ovate base, 10-30 cm long but usually withered and broken. Bracks several, ovate, 6-13 cm long, showy, white or purplish-pink striped with 15-50 veins. Inflorescence a congested head of up to 10 flowers, held inside the bracts. Flowers mauve-pink to purplish.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: In moist sandy soils and moist grassland.
Altitude range: (metres) 1000 - 1500 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia and South Africa.
Zimbabwe distribution: W,C,S
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Endemic status:
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Images last updated: Thursday 11 August 2016
Literature:

Fabian, A. & Germishuizen, G. (1997). Wild Flowers of Northern South Africa. Fernwood Press, Vlaeburg. Pages 54 - 55. (Includes a picture).

La Croix, I. (2009). Colchicaceae Flora Zambesiaca 12(2) Page 177.

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 86.

Maroyi, A (2002). Colchicaceae in Zimbabwe Kirkia 18(1) Pages 5 - 6.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 117.


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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-17

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2017). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Androcymbium melanthioides.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=113090, retrieved 23 November 2017

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