African Plant Database

Eriospermum kirkii Baker
Family : Eriospermaceae
Protologue : J. Linn. Soc., Bot. 15: 267 (1876)
Information on the genus : Eriospermum
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Herb flowering with the leaves; tuber globose, c. 0,3x2,8 or 2x4,5 cm, skin rough, darkish brown, flesh red; old leaf sheaths to 6,5x2 cm, chestnut-brown; leaves 1-2, erect; contemporary leaf sheaths exserted to 5 cm, 0,5-2 mm Ø, dark red becoming lighter towards lamina; blade elliptic to lanceolate, to 10x3,8 cm; scape to 20 cm long, 2 mm Ø, basal 2 cm long mottled maroon, bright green above; racemes 1-2, 5,5-8x2-5 cm, 12-15 flowers; pedicels to 2 cm, mottled red; flowers urn-shaped, c. 1-1,2 cm long; tepals recurved, united for 2 mm, ligulate, acute, white to pale pink with a broad red-streaked mid-nerve; outer ones 0,8-9x0,2, inner c. 1 cm x 2 mm; capsule ovoid, emarginate, 6x8 mm.
Ecology : Poor dry, sandy soils on grassy flats; open mopane or miombo woodland; wet Acacia woodland; 50-1000 m alt.

Bibliography for Southern Africa :
  • Contr. Bolus Herb. 17: 1-320 (1994).
More info on :
see under Jstor_African Plant Initiative
see under The International Plant Name Index
see under Flora of Zimbabwe
carte afrique num 14493
Record n°14493
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