African Plant Database

Eriospermum currorii (Baker) Baker
Family : Eriospermaceae
Protologue : Fl. Trop. Afr. [Oliver et al.] 7(3): 474 (1898)
Information on the genus : Eriospermum
Basionym : Scilla currori Baker
Status for SA : accepted (present)
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Homotypic
 Scilla currori Baker (1873)
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=Eriospermum brevipes Baker (1876) (1904)
=Eriospermum rautanenii Schinz (1898)
=Eriospermum brevipedunculatum Poelln. (1943)
=Eriospermum rubromarginatum Poelln. (1944)
=Eriospermum sphaerophyllum Baker (1898)
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Tuber subglobose to turbinate, or multiple, to 3x4,5 cm, skin brown, flesh white, growing point apical; leaves contemporary with the flowers (fide Fl. Trop. Afr. 7: 472, 474, 1898) or appearing after flowers (Perry, l.c.); leaf solitary, erect; contemporary leaf sheath exserted to 2 cm, reddish-green, glabrous; lamina ovate to orbicular, to 6x4 cm, green to glaucous, coriaceous, glabrous, margins with a distinct white rim sometimes crisped; peduncular bract leaf-like, sheathing part 3 cm long, blade ovate to orbicular-cordate, coriaceous, to c. 6x8,5 cm, glabrous, green to glaucous above and beneath; scape to 1,5 cm long; raceme compact, sub-corymbose, 3,5x4,5 cm, 15-35-flowered; lowest pedicels 2,6 cm long, upper c. 1 cm long; flowers spreading to recurved, to 1 cm Ø; tepals ± equal, white with green mid-nerve and faint red streaking; capsule to 9 mm long, with uneven locule development.
Ecology : Pebbly quartz or clay soils; 1100 m alt. (Botswana). E. currorii (Curror 26) from Angola, known only from the type, without precise locality.
  May be confused with E. roseum (Namibia).

Bibliography for Southern Africa :
  • Contr. Bolus Herb. 17: 1-320 (1994).
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Record n°14446 modified 2019-02-11
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