Lapeirousia erythrantha (Klatt) Baker

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Lapeirousia erythrantha

Photo: Bart Wursten
Rocky slopes on left of entry road, Cleveland Dam, Harare

Lapeirousia erythrantha

Photo: Bart Wursten
Nr Sutton Mine

Lapeirousia erythrantha

Photo: Bart Wursten
By the Birchenough Bridge to Masvingo Rd

Lapeirousia erythrantha

Photo: Bart Wursten
By the Birchenough Bridge to Masvingo Rd

Lapeirousia erythrantha

Photo: Bart Wursten
By the Birchenough Bridge to Masvingo Rd

Lapeirousia erythrantha

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near dam, Lake Kyle Recreational Park

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Synonyms: Lapeirousia rhodesiana N.E. Br.
Common names: Bluebells (English) Chiweruweru (Shona)
Frequency: Frequent
Status: Native
Description:
Perennial herb, growing from corms. Stems repeatedly branched. Inflorescence branched, the flowers crowded terminally. Flowers often purple-blue with dark blue and pale nectar guides on the three lower tepals. There are,however, several other colour forms: a deep maroon-red form, usually lacking markings, which appears to be more widespread at lower altitudes, and a blue form which is more common elsewhere. Flowers may rarely be pale mauve or white, with or without dark markings on the lower tepals.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: erythrantha: red-flowered, despite the fact that flowers are often blue-violet
Habitat: Fairly widespread in Zimbabwe, occurring on shallow soil over granite rock or on badly drained soil in woodland.
Altitude range: (metres)
Flowering time:Dec - Mar
Worldwide distribution: Angola, Botswana, DRC (Shaba), Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
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Images last updated: Saturday 26 January 2013
Literature:

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

Pickering, H. & Roe, E. (2009). Wild Flowers of the Victoria Falls Area Helen Pickering, London Page 66. (Includes a picture).

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 125.

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: Lapeirousia erythrantha.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=116030, retrieved 27 May 2016

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