Kniphofia splendida E.A. Bruce

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Kniphofia splendida

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Chimanimani Mts

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Synonyms: Kniphofia monticola Blackmore
Common names: Mumhandwe (Shona) Red hot poker (English)
Status: Native
Robust clump-forming perennial, up to 2 m. Leaves long and linear, erect when young but soon becoming bent over, dull green or glaucous. Peduncle, stout, up to 1.6 m. Flowers in a dense raceme up to 28 cm, orange to red-orange. Perianth funnel-shaped, slightly constricted above the ovary; stamens exserted 5-10 mm. This species can be distinguished from the common Kniphofia linearifolia by the much more robust habit and the longer and more compacted inflorescence
Derivation of specific name: splendida: splendid, striking
Habitat: Wet montane grassland
Altitude range: (metres) 1500 - 2000 m
Flowering time:Feb - Apr
Worldwide distribution: Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa, Swaziland and Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe distribution: E
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Images last updated: Tuesday 25 July 2006

Baumann, G. (2005). Photographic Guide to Wildflowers of Malawi Wildlife and Environmental Society of Malawi Pages 188 - 189. (Includes a picture).

Harris, T., Darbyshire, I. & Polhill, R. (2011). New species and range extensions from Mt Namuli, Mt Mabu and Mt Chiperone in northern Mozambique Kew Bulletin 66(2) Page 247.

Strugnell, A.M. (2002). Endemics of Mt. Mulanje. The endemic spermatophytes of Mt. Mulanje, Malawi Systematics and Geography of Plants 72 Page 14.

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 49. also as Kniphofia monticola


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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: Kniphofia splendida., retrieved 29 May 2016

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