Albuca abyssinica Jacq.

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Albuca abyssinica

Photo: Bart Wursten
Borrowdale Common Bridge

Albuca abyssinica

Photo: Bart Wursten
Borrowdale Common Bridge

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Synonyms: Albuca angolensis Baker
Albuca bainesii Baker
Albuca melleri (Baker) Baker
Common names:
Frequency: Common
Status: Native
Description:
Hairless perennial, 60-100 cm tall. Leaves often absent at flowering time. Flowers in a terminal raceme, 20-30 cm long.Outer perianth segments 18-20 × 5 mm, yellow-green with a green central stripe; inner similar but slightly broader, c. 7 mm wide. Capsule 15-18 mm.
Notes: Albuca melleri, a name widely used in Zimbabwe, is nowadays treated as a synonym of this species. Specimens mainly differ in the paler flowers, shorter bracts and the fact that they are mostly flowering early, before the leaves appear. It is possible that these differences are habitat and climate-induced.
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: In grassland, appearing in the hot dry season, prominent after a burn.
Altitude range: (metres)
Flowering time:Aug - Oct
Worldwide distribution:
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
Insects associated with this species:
Spot characters: Display spot characters for this species
Images last updated: Sunday 30 March 2014
Literature:

Bandeira, S., Bolnick, D. & Barbosa, F. (2007). Wild Flowers of Southern Mozambique Universidade Eduardo Mondlane, Maputo, Mozambique Page 62. (Includes a picture).

Baumann, G. (2005). Photographic Guide to Wildflowers of Malawi Wildlife and Environmental Society of Malawi Pages 196 - 197. as Albuca angolensis and A. melleri (Includes a picture).

Heath, A. & Heath, R. (2009). Field Guide to the Plants of Northern Botswana including the Okavango Delta Kew Publishing Page 273. (Includes a picture).

Kirby, G. (2013). Wild Flowers of Southeast Botswana Struik Nature, Cape Town South Africa Page 190. (Includes a picture).

Pickering, H. & Roe, E. (2009). Wild Flowers of the Victoria Falls Area Helen Pickering, London Page 64. (Includes a picture).

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 122.

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 108.

Timberlake, J.R. & Childes, S.L. (2004). Biodiversity of the Four Corners Area: Technical Reviews Volume Two (Chapter 5-15) Appendix 5-1: Plant Checklist Occasional Publications in Biodiversity 15 Page 185. as Albuca angolensis


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JSTOR Plant Science: Albuca abyssinica
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Albuca abyssinica
Kew Monocotyledon checklist: Albuca abyssinica
Tropicos: Albuca abyssinica
West African Plants database: Albuca abyssinica


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: Albuca abyssinica.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=114200, retrieved 27 May 2016

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