African Plant Database

Androcymbium striatum Hochst. ex A. Rich.
Protologue : Tent. Fl. Abyss. 2: 336 (1850)  
Information on the genus : Androcymbium
Status for SA : accepted (present)
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Homotypic
 Androcymbium melanthioides var. striatum (Hochst. ex A. Rich.) Baker
 Colchicum striatum (Hochst. ex A. Rich.) J. C. Manning & Vinn.
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Herb 10-30 cm tall; corm oblong-ovoid, 1,5-2,5 cm long, 1-1,8 cm Ø; stem to 15 cm long, above ground; leaves 2-3, along stem, narrowly elliptic to linear, 9-32x0,5-1 cm; bracts showy, ovate, 2,7-4,5x1-1,8 cm, white with green or green and mauve veins; flowers several in a subumbellate head within the bracts, yellow-green or whitish; tepals 0,5-1x0,3-0,4 cm, stamens longer than blade; capsule ovoid, 0,9-1,3 cm long, with persistent style 3-5,5 mm long.
Ecology : Short grassland, often grazed or fire-swept, on shallow soil over rock; sometimes in bushland; open grassland with scattered Acacia abyssinica; Euclea scrub; degraded Juniperus, Olea forest remnants; open shallow, bare gravely soil; Acacia drepanolobium dominated grassland on black clay soil; moist grassland and depressions; seepage rocks; 600-3400 m alt.
South. Afr.
Biol./Eco : perennial-Geophyte- in states: LES, EC, FS, GA, LP, MP, WC, SWZ

Bibliography for Southern Africa :
  • Feddes Repert. 109[5-6]: 571 (1998).
  • Taxon 56[3]: 881 (2007).
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see under The International Plant Name Index
see under Flora of Mozambique
see under African Plants - a Photo Guide
see under Flora of Zimbabwe
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Record n°30490 modified 2007-03-20
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