African Plant Database

Hesperantha petitiana (A. Rich.) Baker
Information on the genus : Hesperantha
Basionym : Ixia petitiana A. Rich.
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Homotypic
 Ixia petitiana A. Rich.
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=Hesperantha alpina (Hook. f.) Pax ex Engl.
=Geissorhiza alpina Hook. f.
=Hesperantha kilimanjarica Rendle
=Hesperantha petitiana var. uniflora Hochst. ex Baker
=Hesperantha uniflora Hochst.
=Hesperantha petitiana var. volkensii (Harms) Foster
=Hesperantha volkensii Harms
=Geissorhiza abyssinica var. parvula Klatt
=*Geissorhiza abyssinica auct. sensu Klatt, non R.Br. ex A.Rich.
=Ixia hochstetteriana A. Rich.
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Herb 8-45 cm tall; corm globose to ovoid, 0,7-1,2 cm Ø; leaves 3-4, the lower 2-3 basal, longer than the others, 2-6 mm wide; upper leaf inserted in middle of the stem, usually entirely sheathing; spike 1-9-flowered; flowers pink, lilac, white, borne erect; tube straight; outer floral bracts with margins free to the base; capsule 0,8-1,5 cm long.
Ecology : Rocky sites; short grassland; stony grassland; often on cliffs and rock outcrops; Erica arborea scrub, common; 1800-4100 m alt.
  Remarquably variable. Near S. African H. baumii Baker

Bibliography for Tropical Africa :
  • Darbyshire, I. Kordofami, M. & al. (2015). The plants of Sudan and south Sudan, An annoted checklist. Kew Publishing

Bibliography for Southern Africa :
  • J. Linn. Soc., Bot. 16: 96 (1877).
  • Ann. Missouri Bot. Gard. 90: 416 (2003).
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see under Flora of Zimbabwe
carte afrique num 20517
Record n°20517
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