Moraea thomsonii Baker

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Status: Native
Description:
Perennial herb, 15-30 cm tall, growing from corms. Leaf single, terete, 1.5 mm wide, up to 60 cm long but normally absent at flowering time. Stem branched, branches held erect, close to the stem. Flowers pale lilac-blue with yellow nectar guides. Outer tepals obovate to lanceolate, 20-24 mm long, more or less spreading. Inner tepals similar but slightly narrower, 16-18 mm long, spreading.
Notes: This species is vegetatively identical to Moraea stricta but the flowers of that species are a deeper violet-lilac colour and have more unequal tepals with nectar guides only on the outer tepals.
Derivation of specific name: thomsonii: named after Joseph Thomson, British geologist and collector in Central Africa.
Habitat: In submontane grassland.
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Flowering time:Aug - Nov
Worldwide distribution: Southern Tanzania, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Mpumalanga, South Africa.
Zimbabwe distribution: E
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Literature:

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.

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 111.


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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: Moraea thomsonii.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=115690, retrieved 24 November 2017

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