African Plant Database

Hypoxis monanthos Baker
Information on the genus : Hypoxis
Statuts nomenclatural : uncertain status
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Herb to 16 cm tall; rhizome subglobose, 1,3-1,7x1-1,3 cm; tunic fibrous, membranous, to 3,5 cm high, sometimes absent; outer leaves 3-4, ovate, 2-20x0,6-1 cm, margins ciliate, trichomes 2-3-branched; inner leaves 3-9, narrow-linear, often reflexed, 1,1-3,4x0,2-0,4 cm, sparsely pilose on margins and midrib below, sometimes also on blade above; scapes 1-4, 7-20 cm long, 0,5-1 mm Ø, narrowly winged and ciliate at base, villous above, usually bent downward after anthesis; trichomes 2-branched, grey or golden; flowers 1-2; pedicels 0,5 mm long, bent slightly inward (seed dispersal in humid habitats); tepals 4 or 6, elliptic, 7-9x2,5-3 mm, pubescent outside.
Ecology : Wet habitats: swamps; temporarily inundated grassy savanna, dembo; shortly-grassed stream margins with Cyathea arborescens; 1200-1900 m alt.
  Seed coat structure similar to that of H. schimperi according to Fl. Trop. E. Afr., Hypoxid.: 6, 2006, and morphological differences small between the two species. The relations need further investigation. Also similar to H. angustifolia.
  Malawi fide Ann. Missouri Bot. Gard. 88: 333, 2001, but not cited in Fl. Zambes. 12/3, 2001.
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carte afrique num 22816
Record n°22816
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