African Plant Database

Gloriosa sessiliflora Nordal & M. G. Bingham
Protologue : Kew Bull. 53(2): 479 (1998)
Information on the genus : Gloriosa
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Erect herb 0,6-1 m tall with a stoloniferous corm; stem unbranched, but with growth continuing from lateral buds below inflorescence; leaves numerous, in whorls on upper 2/3 of stem, narrowly lanceolate, 7-10x1,5-2 cm, base clasping the stem, apex forming a tendril; flowers 2-4 per stem, 1 or in pairs in the upper leaf axils, funnel - or bell-shaped, sessile or on short pedicels, reddish-orange, yellowish-orange towards base; tepals c. 4x1-1,5 cm, slightly undulate; style forming a slight angle to ovary; fruit unknown.
Ecology : Known from a single population (numerous individuals) on the great Bulozi flood-plain in open woodland of stunted Faidherbia albida near a large termite mound; c. 1000 m alt. ? Known only from the type collected in 1995. “There is an unconfirmed record from the Caprivi Strip” (Fl. Zambes., l.c.).
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carte afrique num 30350
Record n°30350
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