Amorphophallus abyssinicus (A. Rich.) N.E. Br.
subsp. unyikae (Engl. & Gehrm.) Ittenb.

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Amorphophallus abyssinicus subsp. unyikae

Photo: Alistair Hull
Nyakasanga Safari area / Mana Pools NP boundary.

Amorphophallus abyssinicus subsp. unyikae

Photo: Alistair Hull
Nyakasanga Safari area / Mana Pools NP boundary.

Amorphophallus abyssinicus subsp. unyikae

Photo: Alistair Hull
Nyakasanga Safari area / Mana Pools NP boundary.

Amorphophallus abyssinicus subsp. unyikae

Photo: Lynne James
Chitaki River, Urungwe District.

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Synonyms: Amorphophallus unyikae Engl. & Gehrm.
Common names: Black arum (English) Nkona (Tonga: Zimbabwe)
Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
Perennial herb, growing from a tuberous root. Leaf solitary, palmately divided into 1-2-pinnate segments on a long, fleshy stalk. Inflorescence usually solitary, appearing before the leaf on a short fleshy stalk; spathe very dark brownish-purple inside, often paler outside. Unpleasantly scented. Fruit bright orange-red when ripe on a much extended stalk.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: abyssinicus: of Abyssinia (Ethiopia). Unyikae: the type specimen from Unyika, Mbeya District, Tanzania.
Habitat: In damp places in deciduous woodland.
Altitude range: (metres) 500 - 1700 m
Flowering time:Oct - Dec
Worldwide distribution: Tropical and sub-tropical Africa, parts of the Middle East and India.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C
Growth form(s): Tree, shrub over 2 m.
Endemic status:
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Literature:

Bolnick, D. (2007). A Guide to the Common Wild Flowers of Zambia and Neighbouring Regions Revised Edition. WECS, Lusaka, Zambia

Haigh, A. & Boyce, P. (2012). Araceae Flora Zambesiaca 12(1) Pages 40 - 41.

Mayo, S.J. (1985). Araceae Flora of Tropical East Africa Page 29.

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32


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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: Species information: Amorphophallus abyssinicus subsp. unyikae.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=112010, retrieved 30 September 2016

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