African Plant Database

Tritonia laxifolia (Klatt) Benth. ex Baker
Protologue : Baker Handb. Irid. 195 (1892)
Information on the genus : Tritonia
Basionym : Montbretia laxifolia Klatt
Status for SA : accepted (present)
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Homotypic
 Montbretia laxifolia Klatt
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=Tritonia strictifolia (Klatt) Benth. & Hook. f.
=Montbretia strictifolia Klatt
=Tritonia bracteata Worsley (1906)
=Tritonia clusiana Worsley
=Tritonia parviflora Baker (1901)
=Tritonia bakeri auct. (1894) non Klatt (1882).
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Herb 10-60 cm tall; corm 1-1,5 cm Ø, with tunics of fine fibers, often with small basal cormlets; leaves 4-7, the lower basal longest, usually reaching to ± base of spike, 0,5-1,2 cm wide; stem simple or with 1-2 or rarely more branches; spike fairly lax, secund, 6-12-flowered; flowers zygomorphic, orange to pale brick-red, lower 3 tepals with a yellow or greenish median mark outlined in red and a prominent tooth-like callus; tube (0,6)-1,2-1,6 cm long.
Ecology : Fairly variable in vigour, size of flowers.
South. Afr.
Biol./Eco : perennial-Herb, Geophyte- Ht 0.2 - 0.4 m. Alt: 50 - 1670 m. Distribution: EC
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Record n°20823 modified 2005-02-17
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