1024.000 Kniphofia Moench - Red-hot pokers

Description of the genus

Clump-forming robust plants (in ours) with a small rhizome. Leaves linear, rosulate to subdistichous, usually keeled. Peduncle terminal. Inflorescence a simple raceme of numerous flowers. Bracts persistent, scarious, longer than pedicels. Pedicels articulated at apex. Flowers spreading or pendulous, yellow and often red near the apex. Perianth fused to form a campanulate to cylindric or ± funnel-shaped tube for more than 3/ 4 of its length; lobes short, unequal. Ovary sessile, ovoid. Capsule spherical to ovoid, triquetrous. Seeds ± flattened, acutely 3-angled or winged.

Derivation of name: For J.J. Kniphof, 1704-1765, professor at Erfurt, Germany

Worldwide: 65 species, mainly tropical and S Africa; 1 in Arabia and 1 in Madagascar

Zimbabwe: 2 taxa.

Kniphofia linearifolia

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SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
linearifolia BakerN,C,E,SDescription, Image
splendida E.A. BruceEDescription, Image

Other sources of information about Kniphofia:

Our websites:

Flora of Malawi: Kniphofia
Flora of Mozambique: Kniphofia
Flora of Zambia: Kniphofia
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Kniphofia

External websites:

ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Kniphofia
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Kniphofia
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Kniphofia
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Kniphofia
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Kniphofia
Kew Monocotyledon checklist: Kniphofia

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-16

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2016). Flora of Zimbabwe: Genus page: Kniphofia.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=336, retrieved 25 October 2016

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