African Plant Database

Walleria mackenziei J. Kirk
Protologue : Trans. Linn. Soc. London 24: 497. t. 52, f. 2 (1864) 
Information on the genus : Walleria
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Herb 18-88 cm tall; tubers 1-5 at base of a slender vertical 5-15 cm long underground stem; tuber ± ovoid, 1,5-3x2,5-4 cm, with ± tuberculate surface; stem leafy, single, simple or sometimes with 1-2 branches, to 30 cm long; stem leaves evenly spaced, sessile, lanceolate to ovate, 3-11x0,35-2,8 cm, semi-amplexicaule at base; lowermost leaves few, 1,5-3 cm long; peduncles 1,3-6 cm long, ascending, occasionally branched; pedicels to 2,5 mm long; tepals patent or reflexed at first, soon straightening to enclose the ovary, white, pale to bright blue or pale to deep mauve, 13-22x2,5-6,5 mm, 5-10-veined; anthers blue to black with yellow tips and base, not connivent at apex; capsule green, maturing to dark yellow, globose to oblong, 1-2 cm Ø, 3-lobed.
Ecology : Miombo, plateau and chipya woodlands; Kalahari Sand woodlands; riverine vegetation; wooded grassland; tall grassland; dambo; often rocky outcrops and hillsides; disturbed ground at roadsides; area cleared for cultivation; deciduous woodland and bushland on red sandy loam soils; edges of grassy depressions with impeded drainage; ant hills; here and there in short thicket-grown sandy-clayey somewhat rocky pastures, with Gnidia, Ascolepis, Euphorbia spp.; 300-1829 m alt.
  Very variable in leaf shape, extreme forms linear.
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Record n°11167 modified 2013-11-27
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