African Plant Database

Eriospermum ophioglossoides Welw. ex Baker
Family : Eriospermaceae
Protologue : Trans. Linn. Soc. London, Bot. 1(5): 262 (1880 [1878])
Information on the genus : Eriospermum
Statuts nomenclatural : uncertain status
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Tuber globose, flesh red, crowned with long (4-5 cm) matted fibrous remains of old leaves; leaves 1-2, short-petiolate; lamina oblong-lanceolate, glabrous, subcoriaceous, 2,5-7,5x1,4-2 cm, base rounded; scape stiffly erect, 12,5-15 cm long; raceme lax, oblong, 7,5-10 cm long, 18-20-flowered; pedicels erecto-patent, lower ones c. 1-2 cm long; perianth campanulate, c. 1 cm long; tepals white or yellow ?, keel bright red-brown.
Ecology : Damp pastures with short herbage.
  Insufficiently known. Type: Welwitsch 3759; Angola: Huilla. Welwitsch 3763 (cited in Fl. Trop. Afr., l.c., under E. paludosum !) from near Humpata and Lopollo collected in 1859, seems to be the same species (Perry, l.c.).
  Close to E. mackenii.

Bibliography for Southern Africa :
  • Contr. Bolus Herb. 17: 1-320 (1994).
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