African Plant Database

Hesperantha coccinea (Backh. & Harv.) Goldblatt & J. C. Manning
Protologue : Novon 6: 262-264 (1996)
Information on the genus : Hesperantha
Basionym : Schizostylis coccinea Backh. & Harv.
Status for SA : accepted (present)
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Homotypic
 Schizostylis coccinea Backh. & Harv.
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=Schizostylis pauciflora Klatt
=Schizostylis ixioides Harv. ex Baker
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Herb 40-70 cm tall; rhizome short, erect; leaves several, narrowly lanceolate, mostly basal, 5-10 mm wide; upper leaves inserted on the stem well above the ground, becoming progressively shorter, sometimes entirely sheathing; stem usually unbranched, often producing corm-like propagules in aerial axils; spike 3-12-flowered; flowers red, occasionally pink, rarely white; tube 2,2-3,5 cm long, straight; tepals 2,5-3,5x1-1,5 cm.
Ecology : Wet places, especially mountain streams and seeps.
  Ornamental. Seeds unusual in the genus: prismatic with loose translucent light brown seed coat, with smooth outline (Goldblatt, l.c.).
South. Afr.
Biol./Eco : perennial-Herb, Geophyte- Ht 0.2 - 0.45 m. Alt: 250 - 2745 m. Distribution: LES, EC, FS, GA, KN, LP, MP, SWZ

Bibliography for Southern Africa :
  • Ann. Missouri Bot. Gard. 90: 431 (2003).
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carte afrique num 20516
Record n°20516
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