Crocosmia aurea (Pappe ex Hook.) Planch.
subsp. aurea

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Crocosmia aurea subsp. aurea

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Vumba Rd in Bunga Forest.

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Synonyms: Tritonia aurea Pappe ex Hook.
Common names: Montbretia (English) Valentine flower (English)
Frequency: Locally common
Status: Native
Description:
Perennial herb, normally 60-100 cm, growing from corms and spreading by underground stolons.
Notes: Could be confused with the commonly cultivated hybrid known as Montbretia, namely Crocosmia × crocosmiiflora (Lemoine) N.E. Br. (C. pottsii (Macnab ex Baker) N.E. Br. × C. aurea (Pappe ex Hook.) Planch.). However, although Montbretia does escape into the wild in other parts of the world, there is no evidence that it does so in Zimbabwe.
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: In forest margins and clearings.
Altitude range: (metres) 1500 - 2000 m
Flowering time:Dec - Apr (-Jul)
Worldwide distribution:
Zimbabwe distribution: C,E
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
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Literature:

Baumann, G. (2005). Photographic Guide to Wildflowers of Malawi Wildlife and Environmental Society of Malawi Pages 204 - 205. (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 110.


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JSTOR Plant Science: Crocosmia aurea
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Crocosmia aurea
Kew Monocotyledon checklist: Crocosmia aurea
Tropicos: Crocosmia aurea
West African Plants database: Crocosmia aurea


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: Crocosmia aurea subsp. aurea.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=115850, retrieved 24 May 2016

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