African Plant Database

Moraea thomsonii Baker
Information on the genus : Moraea
Status for SA : accepted (present)
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Herb 15-25 cm tall; corm 1-3 cm Ø, tunics of dark brown fibers, often bearing cormlets among the fibres; leaf 1, usually absent at anthesis, or dry and still attached to stem base, later reaching 60 cm in height; stem with 3-6 branches, held close to stem; sheathing leaves 3-6 cm long; flowers pale lilac to whitish with yellow to orange spotted nectar guides on outer and inner tepals (cf. above under M. stricta); outer tepals 1,9-2,4 cm long, spreading; inner ones 1,5-2 cm long, spreading; style branches 7-8 mm long, hardly wider than anthers, without crests.
Ecology : Open grassland, often in places remaining moist throughout the dry season; flowering amongst dry grasses at end of the dry season; 1600 – 2000 m alt.
  Confused with (and perhaps not distinct from) M. stricta. A diploid species (2n = 12), as far as known (cf. M. stricta).
South. Afr.
Biol./Eco : perennial-Herb, Geophyte- Ht 0.15 - 0.3 states: MP

Bibliography for Southern Africa :
  • Ann. Kirstenbosch Bot. Gard. 14: 137 (1986).
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see under African Plants - a Photo Guide
see under Flora of Zimbabwe
carte afrique num 22008
Record n°22008
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