African Plant Database

Eriospermum triphyllum Baker
Family : Eriospermaceae
Protologue : Bot. Jahrb. Syst. 15: 471 (1892)
Information on the genus : Eriospermum
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=Eriospermum heterophyllum Cufod. (1939)
=Eriospermum linearifolium Baker (1898)
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Herb 4-38 cm tall, flowering with leaves; tuber to 3x3 cm, skin rough, flesh pink; old leaf-sheaths to 5,5 cm long; leaves 1-7, ± erect; contemporary leaf sheath exserted to 1,5 cm, green or mottled with maroon towards the base; blade linear to lanceolate, somewhat falcate, 1,5-15 x to 1-2,5-3,5 cm, slightly fleshy, glabrous, base cuneate and folded inwards, apex acute; scape 3,5-20 cm long; raceme 2-20,5 x to 3 cm, suberect, lax, to 50-flowered; pedicels to 2,5 cm long, lower longer than upper; flowers 0,3-1,6 cm Ø, campanulate; tepals ligulate, 4-8 mm long, yellow with red stippling on the midnerve; capsule 0,6-1x0,4-0,7 cm.
Ecology : Rocky soil in grassland or mixed scrub; often in dampish depressions; open Combretum, Terminalia, Acacia woodland; locally frequent; 160-2150 m alt.
  Close to E. mackenii, and herbarium material not always easily distinguished from the latter.

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