Moraea schimperi (Hochst.) Pic.Serm.

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Synonyms: Hymenostigma schimperi Hochst.
Moraea zambeziaca Baker
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Status: Native
Perennial herb, 20-50 cm tall, growing from corms, usually solitary but sometimes in clumps. Leaf single, linear, 9-15 mm wide, channelled below, shorter than the stem at flowering time, much longer later. Stem unbranched. Flowers blue-purple with yellow nectar guides. Outer tepals lanceolate, 4-6.5 cm long, spreading to slightly reflexed. Inner tepals lanceolate, 3.5-4.5 cm long, erect.
Derivation of specific name: schimperi: named after Wilhelm Schimper, explorer and collector, particularly in Ethiopia.
Habitat: Occurring in grassland, vleis and marshy places.
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Flowering time:Oct - Dec
Worldwide distribution: Angola, Nigeria, Cameroun, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe distribution: C,E
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Baumann, G. (2005). Photographic Guide to Wildflowers of Malawi Wildlife and Environmental Society of Malawi Pages 208 - 209. (Includes a picture).

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 313.

Shone, D.K. & Drummond, R.B. (1965). Poisonous Plants of Rhodesia Ministry of Agriculture, Rhodesia Pages 26 - 27. (Includes a picture).

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 111.


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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: Moraea schimperi., retrieved 22 October 2016

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