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Lapeirousia erythrantha (Klotzsch ex Klatt) Baker
Information on the genus : Lapeirousia
Basionym : Ovieda erythrantha Klotzsch ex Klatt
Status for SA : rejected (present)
Status for TA : rejected (present), is synonym of : Afrosolen erythranthus (Klotzsch ex Klatt) Goldblatt & J.C. Manning
Synonym(s) Homotypic
 Ovieda erythrantha Klotzsch ex Klatt
 Afrosolen erythranthus (Klotzsch ex Klatt) Goldblatt & J.C. Manning
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=Lapeirousia erythrantha var. briartii (De Wild. & T. Durand) Geerinck
=Geissorhiza briartii De Wild. & T. Durand (1900)
=Lapeirousia welwitschii Baker 1892
=Lapeirousia erythrantha var. welwitschii (Baker) Marais ex Geerinck
=Lapeirousia erythrantha var. rhodesiana (N.E. Br.) Marais ex Geerinck & al.
=Lapeirousia rhodesiana N.E. Br.
=Lapeirousia graminea Vaupel
=Lapeirousia montana Hutch. non Klatt
=Lapeirousia nigeriensis R.C. Foster
=Lapeirousia plagiostoma Vaupel
=Lapeirousia spicigera Vaupel
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Herb 15-45 cm tall; corm 0,8-1,6 cm Ø; leaves 3-4, lower 2-3 longest, 0,2-1,1 cm wide, upper decreasing in size and becoming bract-like above; stem compressed, 2-angled below, branched repeatedly, 3-angled above; panicle (often of umbellate appearance), several-many-branched, the ultimate branches bearing 2-8 flowers, these often crowded terminally; bracts ±membranous and dry above at anthesis, 3-6 mm long; branching not at all contorted; flowers zygomorphic, blue to violet, lower tepals with a hastate white mark outlined dark blue to purple.
Ecology : Dry wooded savanna; black humid soil; on gravels; waste land; road sides; brown clayey soil; open Brachystegia microphylla forest; mainly on rock outcrops; occasionally in open grassland or woodland, protected in thin rocky soils from predation; laterite pans; shallow pans in areas of impeded drainage in mopane or miombo woodlands; rather damp pastures with short grass; growing along with Indigofera, etc.; 60-2100 m alt.
  Supposed Cu-endemic but not validated by Faucon & al. in Pl. Ecol. Evol. 143: 11, 2010. These authors put L. erythrantha var. welwitschii in synonymy with L. erythrantha var. setifolia.
  Corms edible, raw or cooked.
South. Afr.
Biol./Eco : perennial-Herb, Geophyte- Ht 0.2 - 0.35 states: BOT

Bibliography for Southern Africa :
  • Ann. Missouri Bot. Gard. 77: 451-456 (1990).
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Record n°22565
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