Moraea carsonii Baker

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Moraea carsonii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Mt Rukotso, Nyanga

Moraea carsonii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Mt Rukotso, Nyanga

Moraea carsonii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Mt Rukotso, Nyanga

Moraea carsonii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Mt Rukotso, Nyanga

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Synonyms: Moraea homblei De Wild.
Common names:
Frequency: Local
Status: Native
Description:
Perennial herb growing from corms with 2-3 long, trailing foliage leaves present at the time of flowering. Flowers solitary at the ends of a "rhipidium", blue-violet with white to yellow nectar guides.
Notes: This species resembles Moraea natalensis but can be distinguished by the multiple, trailing foliage leaves and the nectar guides, which lack the deep violet edgings. In Zimbabwe the distribution of the 2 species do not seem to overlap.
Derivation of specific name: carsonii: named after Alexander Carson (1850-1896), British engineer and avid plant collector in Zambia.
Habitat: Rocky areas of montane grassland, occasionally in seasonally wet areas.
Altitude range: (metres) 2000 - 2360 m
Flowering time:Dec - Mar
Worldwide distribution: NE Namibia, southern DRC, Botswana, Zambia, Malawi, Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe distribution: E
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Literature:

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 125.

Shone, D.K. & Drummond, R.B. (1965). Poisonous Plants of Rhodesia Ministry of Agriculture, Rhodesia Page 25.


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African Plant Database: Moraea carsonii
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IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Moraea carsonii
Ispot Southern Africa : Moraea carsonii
JSTOR Plant Science: Moraea carsonii
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Moraea carsonii
Kew Monocotyledon checklist: Moraea carsonii
Tropicos: Moraea carsonii
West African Plants database: Moraea carsonii


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: Moraea carsonii.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=115620, retrieved 30 June 2016

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