African Plant Database


Moraea schimperi (Hochst.) Pic. Serm.
Family : IRIDACEAE
Protologue : Webbia 8: 349 (1950)
Information on the genus : Moraea
Basionym : Hymenostigma schimperi Hochst.
 
 
Status
Status for TA : accepted (present)
 
Synonym(s) Homotypic
 Hymenostigma schimperi Hochst.
 Vieusseuxia schimperi (Hochst.) Hochst. ex A. Rich.
 
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=Moraea welwitschii Baker
=Moraea zambesiaca Baker
=Moraea hockii De Wild.
=Moraea diversifolia Baker
=Vieusseuxia tridentata (Hochst.) Hochst. ex A. Rich.
=Hymenostigma tridentatum Hochst.
=Iris diversifolia Steud. ex A. Rich.
=Xiphion diversifolium Klatt
 
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Herb 20-50 cm tall, usually in clumps, unbranched; corm 1,5-2 cm Ø; prophylls 3-5, prominent, usually dark brown; leaf 1, basal 0,9-1,5 cm wide, emerging as flowering begins, often shorter than stem; bract leaf usually 1, spathe ±dry at flowering time; flowers blue purple to mauve with yellow white nectar guides; outer tepals 4-6,5 cm long, inner ones 3,5-4,5 cm long.
Ecology : Flowers appearing after fire at the end of the dry season, i.e. early flowering. Woodland; treeless rocky slopes; Loudetia grassland in shallow soil over rocks; fire-swept meadow; often in damp places; 900-3250 m alt.
  Disjunct area. Widespread in highland E tropical Africa and Angola.

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 :
  • Wild Flrs Rhodesia : (1976).
  • Ann. Kirstenbosch Bot. Gard. 14: 217 (1986).
 
More info on :
see under Jstor_African Plant Initiative
see under Flore d'Afrique Centrale
see under Flora of Mozambique
see under African Plants - a Photo Guide
see under Flora of Zimbabwe
 
Map
carte afrique num 22168
 
Record n°22168
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