Hypoxis filiformis Baker

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Hypoxis filiformis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Ridge on Mt Shangani, eastern side of Chimanimani mountains

Hypoxis filiformis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Ridge on Mt Shangani, eastern side of Chimanimani mountains

Hypoxis filiformis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Ridge on Mt Shangani, eastern side of Chimanimani mountains

Hypoxis filiformis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Ridge on Mt Shangani, eastern side of Chimanimani mountains

Hypoxis filiformis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Ridge on Mt Shangani, eastern side of Chimanimani mountains

Hypoxis filiformis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Ridge on Mt Shangani, eastern side of Chimanimani mountains

Hypoxis filiformis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Ridge on Mt Shangani, eastern side of Chimanimani mountains

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Synonyms: Hypoxis biflora De Wild.
Hypoxis dregei (Baker) Nel
Hypoxis dregei (Baker) Nel var. biflora (De Wild.) Nel
Hypoxis malosana Baker
Hypoxis muenznerii Nel
Hypoxis sericea Baker var. dregei Baker
Common names:
Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
Slender perennial herb up to 40 cm tall, growing from a more or less cylindrical vertical rhizome, 1.5-3 cm long, ringed in the middle by stout roots. Leaves 3-10, grass-like, 5-45 cm long, linear, strongly ribbed with submarginal veins, finely hairy. Flowering stems 1-3, up to 24 cm long, filiform, more or less flattened or becoming slightly U-shaped, appressed hairy. Flowers 1-5, often appearing before the leaves, 8-14 mm in diameter, appressed hairy. Capsule 2-3 mm long, excluding the persistent perianth, 8 or 12 seeded. Seeds black and glossy.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: filiformis: filiform, thread-like, referring to the flowering scape.
Habitat: Swampy or wet grassland and montane grassland, often after annual fires.
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 2440 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Angola, DRC, Burundi, Uganda, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Lesotho and Mpumalanga, Free State, KwaZulu-Natal, Eastern Cape, South Africa.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,C,E
Growth form(s): Perennial.
Endemic status:
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Images last updated: Friday 14 August 2015
Literature:

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 309.

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.

Nordal, I. & Zimudzi, C. (2001). Hypoxidaceae Flora Zambesiaca 12(3) Pages 9 - 11. (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 109.


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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: Hypoxis filiformis.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=115510, retrieved 25 November 2017

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