Scadoxus puniceus (L.) Friis & Nordal

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Scadoxus puniceus

Photo: Petra Ballings
Maleme Dam, Matobo

Scadoxus puniceus

Photo: Paul Hubbard
Matobo

Scadoxus puniceus

Photo: Paul Hubbard
Matobo

Scadoxus puniceus

Photo: Paul Hubbard
Near Nankie Cave, Matobo

Scadoxus puniceus

Photo: Paul Hubbard
Near Nankie Cave, Matobo

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Synonyms: Haemanthus puniceus L.
Common names: Blood lily (English) Snake lily (English)
Frequency: Rare
Status: Native
Description:
Perennial herb, growing from a bulb, often suckering to form small colonies. Leaves in a basal rosette, developing with or after the flowers. Inflorescence not spherical, surrounded by large leaf-like bracts, longer than the flowers. Flowers with filiform segments, orange-red. Distinguished from S. multiflorus by the large bracts, the more flattened inflorescence and the orange-red colour of the flowers.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: puniceus: scarlet, carmine (though the flowers are actually often orange-red)
Habitat:
Altitude range: (metres) 1200 - 1500 m
Flowering time:Oct - Dec
Worldwide distribution: In Zimbabwe it is only recorded from the Matobo area but it is more common in parts of South Africa as well as in parts of Tanzania and Kenya.
Zimbabwe distribution: W
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
Red data list status: Data deficient
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Images last updated: Friday 21 October 2011
Literature:

Bandeira, S., Bolnick, D. & Barbosa, F. (2007). Wild Flowers of Southern Mozambique Universidade Eduardo Mondlane, Maputo, Mozambique Page 67. (Includes a picture).

Kirby, G. (2013). Wild Flowers of Southeast Botswana Struik Nature, Cape Town South Africa Page 239. (Includes a picture).

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 113.


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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: Scadoxus puniceus.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=114930, retrieved 30 May 2016

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