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Ferraria glutinosa (Baker) Rendle
Information on the genus : Ferraria
Basionym : Moraea glutinosa Baker
Status for SA : accepted (present)
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Homotypic
 Moraea glutinosa Baker
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=Ferraria bechuanica Baker
=Ferraria viscaria Schinz
=Ferraria andongensis (Baker) Rendle
=Moraea andongensis Baker (1878)
=Moraea randii Rendle (1898)
=Ferraria randii (Rendle) Rendle (1905)
=Moraea malangensis Baker (1901)
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Herb 40-60 cm tall; stem with basal leaf sheaths, with 1-2 branches from upper nodes, rarely rebranched; upper internodes sticky above, often with sand adhering; basal leaves 1-4, blade linear, 4-6-10 mm wide, central vein visible; cauline leaves moderately well developed, often longer than basal leaf, progressively reduced above; flowers 4-6 in clusters, pedicels slightly longer than spathes, open 1 day; tepals 2,3-3,3 cm long, dark brown to dull purple, limbs with pale yellow to golden margins, sometimes spotted yellow; claws slightly longer than limbs, brown or yellow streaked purple, forming a cup c. 1 cm deep, 1,5-1,8 cm Ø, margins of limbs crisped; staminal column 0,8-1 cm long; style branches 2 mm long with fringed arms 2-3 mm long; capsule 12-18 mm long.
Ecology : Edge of thicket; grassland; sandy ground (corms deeply buried); 1180-1700 m alt.
  Corms eaten raw or roasted. Plant ornamental.
South. Afr.
Biol./Eco : perennial-Herb, Geophyte- Ht 0.4 - 0.6 m. Alt: ? - 950 m. Distribution: BOT, NAM, NC, NW

Bibliography for Southern Africa :
  • J. S. African Bot. 45: 329-335 (1979).
  • Ethnobotany of the Kwanyama Ovambos : 86 (1985).
  • Énum. Pl. Fleurs Afr. Trop. 3: 89 (1995).
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