African Plant Database

Moraea schimperi (Hochst.) Pic. Serm.
Protologue : Webbia 8: 349 (1950)
Information on the genus : Moraea
Basionym : Hymenostigma schimperi Hochst.
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 : 86

Bibliography for Southern Africa :
  • PLOWES D.C.H. (1976). Wild Flowers of Rhodesia. A guide to some of the common wild flowers of Rhodesia. Longman Rhodesi
  • Ann. Kirstenbosch Bot. Gard. 14: 217 (1986).
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