Hesperantha ballii Wild

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Hesperantha ballii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Saddle below higher slopes of Mt Nhamudimu, Chimanimani Mts

Hesperantha ballii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Saddle below higher slopes of Mt Nhamudimu, Chimanimani Mts

Hesperantha ballii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Saddle below higher slopes of Mt Nhamudimu, Chimanimani Mts

Hesperantha ballii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Saddle below higher slopes of Mt Nhamudimu, Chimanimani Mts

Hesperantha ballii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Saddle below higher slopes of Mt Nhamudimu, Chimanimani Mts

Hesperantha ballii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Saddle below higher slopes of Mt Nhamudimu, Chimanimani Mts

Hesperantha ballii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Saddle below higher slopes of Mt Nhamudimu, Chimanimani Mts

Hesperantha ballii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Saddle below higher slopes of Mt Nhamudimu, Chimanimani Mts

Hesperantha ballii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Saddle below higher slopes of Mt Nhamudimu, Chimanimani Mts

Hesperantha ballii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Saddle below higher slopes of Mt Nhamudimu, Chimanimani Mts

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Status: Native
Description:
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) 1850 - 2200 m (approx)
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Worldwide distribution: Restricted to the Chimanimani Mts, Zimbabwe and Mozambique
Zimbabwe distribution: E
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Red data list status: Vulnerable
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Images last updated: Saturday 7 June 2014
Literature:

Goldblatt, P. (1993). Iridaceae Flora Zambesiaca 12(4) Page 61.

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

Wild, H. (1964). The endemic species of the Chimanimani Mountains and their significance Kirkia 4 Pages 136 - 137.


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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-15

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2015). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Hesperantha ballii.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=115770, retrieved 27 August 2015

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