Hesperantha ballii Wild

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Common names:
Status: Native
Perennial herb, 12-25 cm tall. Leaves 4, lower 2 basal, linear; upper 2 sheathing along the stem. Stem erect, unbranched. Spike 1-2-flowered, the flowers down-curved, facing the ground. Floral bracts 11-14 mm long, green flushed with red, the outer bracts with margins united for c. 3 mm. Flowers white with dark red on the outside of the tepals; perianth tube 11-15 mm long curved near the apex, slightly exceeding the bracts. Anthers yellow, pendent.
Notes: Endemic to Chimanimani. Only collected twice.
Note: Flowers normally open at sunset, facing downwards and are fragrant.
Derivation of specific name: ballii: named after John Ball, orchidologist, who collected the type for this species.
Habitat: On thin quartzite soils on rock shelves and in grassland.
Altitude range: (metres) 2200 m (approx)
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Restricted to the Chimanimani Mts, Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe distribution: E
Growth form(s):
Endemic status: Endemic
Red data list status: Vulnerable
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Goldblatt, P. (1993). Iridaceae FZ 12(4) Page 61.

Mapaura, A. (2002). Endemic Plant Species of Zimbabwe. Kirkia 18(1) Page 128.


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African Plant Database: Hesperantha ballii
Biodiversity Explorer (Biodiversity of southern Africa): Hesperantha ballii
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Hesperantha ballii
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Flora Zambesiaca web site: Hesperantha ballii
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JSTOR Plant Science: Hesperantha ballii
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Hesperantha ballii
Kew Monocotyledon checklist: Hesperantha ballii
Tropicos: Hesperantha ballii
West African Plants database: Hesperantha ballii

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-14

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2014). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Hesperantha ballii.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=115770, retrieved 19 April 2014

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