Crinum macowanii Baker

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Crinum macowanii

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By last house in Tiger Kloof, near base of Cecil Kop, Mutare

Crinum macowanii

Photo: Colin Wenham
Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve

Crinum macowanii

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Borrowdale Common, Harare

Crinum macowanii

Photo: Rob Burrett
Hillside Dams, Bulawayo

Crinum macowanii

Photo: Rob Burrett
Hillside Dams, Bulawayo

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Synonyms: Crinum johnstonii Baker
Crinum pedicellatum Pax
Common names: Common vlei-lily (English)
Frequency: Frequent
Status: Native
Bulb globose, up to 20 cm in diameter. Leaves in a rosette, blue-green or occasionally green, up to 118 x 4-22 cm broad, without a distinct scabrous midrib or keel; margin scabrid, slightly to markedly undulate. Flowers 2-18 per umbel. Perianth segments white with a pink keel. Fruits green fading to dull yellow. Seeds with a greyish, water-repellent outer covering over a green photosynthetic layer, variable in shape, floating in water.
Derivation of specific name: macowanii: Named after Peter MacOwan (1830-1909), English botanist and teacher who collected extensively in the Eastern Cape.
Habitat: In vleis and moist grassland
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 1520 m
Flowering time:Oct - Jan
Worldwide distribution: From S Ethiopia to South Africa, including Zambia, Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Botswana.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
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Images last updated: Tuesday 4 November 2008

Baumann, G. (2005). Photographic Guide to Wildflowers of Malawi Wildlife and Environmental Society of Malawi Pages 200 - 201. (Includes a picture).

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

Kirby, G. (2013). Wild Flowers of Southeast Botswana Struik Nature, Cape Town South Africa Page 249. (Includes a picture).

Plowes, D.C.H. & Drummond, R.B. (1990). Wild Flowers of Zimbabwe. Revised edition. Longman, Zimbabwe. N0. 11, plate 27 & 28

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 112.

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 37.

Zimudzi, C., Archer, R.H., Kwembeya, E.G. & Nordal, I. (2008). Amaryllidacae Flora Zambesiaca 13(1) Pages 129 - 130.


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Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2016). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Crinum macowanii., retrieved 26 May 2016

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