Radinosiphon leptostachya (Baker) N.E. Br.

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Radinosiphon leptostachya

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Path to Tessa's pool

Radinosiphon leptostachya

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Radinosiphon leptostachya

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Path to Tessa's Pool

Radinosiphon leptostachya

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Radinosiphon leptostachya

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Mt Chinaka, Juliasdale

Radinosiphon leptostachya

Photo: Bart Wursten
Mt Chinaka, Juliasdale

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Synonyms: Acidanthera holostachya (Baker) N.E. Br.
Acidanthera leptostachya (Baker) N.E. Br.
Acidanthera lomatensis N.E. Br.
Lapeirousia holostachya Baker
Lapeirousia leptostachya Baker
Radinosiphon cameronii N.E. Br.
Radinosiphon holostachya (Baker) N.E. Br.
Radinosiphon lomatensis (N.E. Br.) N.E. Br.
Tritonia acroloba Harms
Common names:
Frequency: Locally frequent
Status: Native
Perennial herb, 10-50 cm high, growing from corms, the plants dying back in winter. leaves several, mostly basal, narrowly lanceolate, 8-15 mm wide, reaching to about the base of the flowering spike. Flowering stem simple or 1-3-branched. Flowering spike 4-12-flowered, sometimes more. Flowers pink to purple; tube 20-30 mm long; tepals unequal, upper 10-12 mm long, lower 8-11 mm long, streaked with darker pink or purple in the midline. Capsule globose, 4-5 mm in diameter.
Derivation of specific name: leptostachya: with a slender spike
Habitat: Restricted to rocky grassland in mountainous areas, where it grows among boulders and on cliffs.
Altitude range: (metres)
Flowering time:Dec - Apr
Worldwide distribution: Southern Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Swaziland and Mpumalanga, South Africa.
Zimbabwe distribution: C,E
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
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Images last updated: Saturday 22 February 2014

Baumann, G. (2005). Photographic Guide to Wildflowers of Malawi Wildlife and Environmental Society of Malawi Pages 206 - 207. (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. (Includes a picture).

Goldblatt, P. (1993). Iridaceae Flora Zambesiaca 12(4) Pages 64 - 65. (Includes a picture).

Goldblatt, P. (1996). Iridaceae Flora of Tropical East Africa Pages 46 - 48. (Includes a picture).

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 92.

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 116.


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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: Radinosiphon leptostachya.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=116010, retrieved 9 December 2016

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