Drimia altissima (L.f.) Ker Gawl.

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Drimia altissima

Photo: Bart Wursten
Victoria Falls NP.

Drimia altissima

Photo: Bart Wursten
Victoria Falls NP.

Drimia altissima

Photo: Bart Wursten
Victoria Falls NP.

Drimia altissima

Photo: Bart Wursten
Wafa-wafa Hills, near Kariba

Drimia altissima

Photo: Bart Wursten
Wafa-wafa Hills, near Kariba

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Synonyms: Urginea altissima (L.f.) Baker
Common names: Tall white squill (English)
Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
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.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: altissima: very tall
Habitat: In open woodland and scrub, often in large colonies.
Altitude range: (metres)
Flowering time:Sep - Dec
Worldwide distribution:
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
Insects associated with this species:
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Images last updated: Sunday 1 February 2009
Literature:

Baumann, G. (2005). Photographic Guide to Wildflowers of Malawi Wildlife and Environmental Society of Malawi Pages 196 - 197. as Urginea altissima (Includes a picture).

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).

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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Kew Herbarium catalogue: Drimia altissima
Kew Monocotyledon checklist: Drimia altissima
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Drimia altissima
The Plant List (version 1.1): Drimia altissima
Tropicos: Drimia altissima


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: Drimia altissima.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=114260, retrieved 20 November 2017

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