African Plant Database

Aristea nyikensis Baker
Protologue : Bull. Misc. Inform. Kew 281 (1897)
Information on the genus : Aristea
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=Aristea hockii De Wild. (1913)
=Aristea uhehensis Harms ex Engl.
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Herb 20-30 cm tall; leaves 5-8, the lower 3-5 basal, narrowly lanceolate, 15-25 cm x 4-6 mm, the upper 2-3 cauline nearly as large, linear, 4-8 mm wide; stem bearing 2-3 leaves, lightly compressed, simple or with 1-2 branches; flower clusters several per axis in spicate arrangement, sessile except the terminal, each 2-4-flowered; spathes silvery translucent; flowers deep blue, ± sessile; tepals c. 1x0,6 cm; capsule ellipsoid-ovoid, c. 7 mm long, on stalk to 5 mm long.
Ecology : Grassland; woodland; sometimes in seasonally moist sites: rock pools; streamsides; 1200-2000 m alt.

Bibliography for Tropical Africa :
  • Exell, A. & Wild, H. (1993). Flora Zambesiaca: Mozambique, Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland, Bechuanaland Protectorate. London Kew 12[4]: 5

Bibliography for Southern 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: 87
More info on :
see under Jstor_African Plant Initiative
see under Flore d'Afrique Centrale
see under The International Plant Name Index
carte afrique num 20314
Record n°20314
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