African Plant Database

Eriospermum kiboense K. Krause
Family : Eriospermaceae
Protologue : Bot. Jahrb. Syst. 48: 356 (1912) 
Information on the genus : Eriospermum
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=Eriospermum erectum Suess. (1951)
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Herb 16-55 cm tall, flowering before leaves; tuber pyriform to irregular, to 5x3,5 cm; skin fawn, smooth, flesh white; old leaf-sheaths to 9 cm long; leaf 1, suberect; sheath exserted to 6 cm, 3 mm Ø, reddish purple; blade broadly elliptic to lanceolate, to 14x9 cm; scape 14-45 cm long, 2-3 mm Ø, red tinged towards base; raceme cylindrical to narrowly conical, 3-16x3 cm, 10-50-flowered; flowers 3-10 mm Ø, rotate; tepals 3-6 x 2 mm, white to very pale green with a darker green to brown midnerve; capsule to 9x9 mm.
Ecology : Grassland or semi-shade in open woodland; 1000-2250 m alt.

Bibliography for Southern Africa :
  • Contr. Bolus Herb. 17: 1-320 (1994).
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see under The International Plant Name Index
see under African Plants - a Photo Guide
see under Flora of Zimbabwe
carte afrique num 14492
Record n°14492
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