African Plant Database

Wurmbea Thunb.
Status for SA : accepted (present)
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Herb to 15 cm tall; corm ,7-2x0,5-1,5 cm, covered with disintegrating brown or blackish papery tunics, neck 1-1,5 cm long; stem 7-15 cm long; basal leaf 1, linear, 8-28x0,1-0,45 cm, margins inrolled, scabrid; stem leaves 2, near stem middle, with loose sheathing base 0,4-0,6 cm wide, free part 3-18x0,35-0,5 cm; inflorescence dense, c. 3 cm long; flowers set 0,3-1 cm apart; flowers white, cream, greenish yellow to yellow, cup-shaped; tepals 5-7 mm long (including basal tube 1,5-2,5 mm long)x1-1,5 mm; fruit unknown.
Ecology : Moist grassland, in dense turf or wet peaty soil; 1800-2300 m alt.

Bibliography for Tropical Africa :
  • LEBRUN, J. P. & A. L. STORK (1995). Enumération des plantes à fleurs d’Afrique tropicale. Monocotyledones: Limnocharitaceae à Poaceae. Énum. Pl. Fleurs Afr. Trop. 3: 64

Bibliography for Southern Africa :
  • Manning J.C. & P. Glodblatt (2012). Plants of the Greater Cape Floristic Region 1: the Core Cape flora. Strelitzia 29: 803

Bibliography other :
  • Trop. Afr. Flow. Plants (Ecol. Distr.) 8: (2014)
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carte afrique num 195972
Record n°195972 modified 2008-12-27
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