African Plant Database

Watsonia borbonica (Pourr.) Goldblatt
Protologue : Ann. Missouri Bot. Gard. 74(3): 571 (1987)
Information on the genus : Watsonia
Basionym : Lomenia borbonica Pourr.
Status for NA : accepted (naturalised)
Status for SA : accepted (present)
Status for TA : accepted (naturalised)
Synonym(s) Homotypic
 Watsonia borbonica (Pourr.) Goldblatt subsp. borbonica
 Lomenia borbonica Pourr.
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=*Tritonia cooperi Baker (1892)
=Gladiolus pyramidalis Lam.
=Watsonia pyramidata (Andrews) Klatt
=Gladiolus pyramidatus Andrews
=Watsonia rosea Banks ex Ker
=Gladiolus longiflorus L. f.
=Babiana longiflora (L. f.) Steud.
Taxon infra-specific
Watsonia borbonica subsp. ardernei (Sander) Goldblatt
Watsonia borbonica (Pourr.) Goldblatt subsp. borbonica
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Herb 1,2-2 m tall; corm 3-4 cm Ø, with coarsely reticulate grey-brown tunics; leaves 5-8, glossy, the lower ± basal, lanceolate, 1/3-2/3 as long as spike, 2-4 cm wide, the uppermost sheathing the stem; spike branched, main axis to 20-flowered; flowers zygomorphic, pale to deep pink to light purple, midline of lower 3 tepals dark coloured; lower part of perianth tube 1,2-2 cm long, 1,5-2 mm Ø, upper part funnel-shaped and 0,8-2 cm long, ± horizontal to ± pendulous, widening at the mouth; tepals 2-3,6 cm long, spreading outwards. Bee pollinated.
Ecology : Reported as naturalized in wet places in Burundi and Rwanda; c. 2100 m alt.
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Record n°174811 modified 2014-08-28
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