Lapeirousia odoratissima Baker

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Lapeirousia odoratissima

Photo: Bart Wursten
Nyanga NP near main rd boundary.

Lapeirousia odoratissima

Photo: Bill Clarke
Seven Acres fire break near Rd to Lazy river and near bottom of Gum Plantation, Val D'Or

Lapeirousia odoratissima

Photo: Bill Clarke
Seven Acres fire break near Rd to Lazy river and near bottom of Gum Plantation, Val D'Or

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Synonyms: Lapeirousia congesta Rendle
Lapeirousia juttae Dinter
Lapeirousia stenoloba Vaupel
Common names: African spider lily (English)
Frequency: Frequent
Status: Native
Description:
Low perennial herb, less than 20 cm growing from corms. Plants stemless, tufted. Leaves few, up to 30 cm, similar to the bracts. Inflorescence branched with 3 to 6 flowers per branch. Flowers ivory-white with long narrow tepals and a long, up to 14 cm, perianth tube. The flowers are strongly scented, particularly in the evening.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: odoratissima: strongly scented
Habitat: Widespread in Zimbabwe, occurring in grassland, woodland and granite sandveld.
Altitude range: (metres) Above 1200 m
Flowering time:Dec - Mar
Worldwide distribution: Angola, DRC (Shaba), Namibia, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E
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Images last updated: Saturday 12 February 2011
Literature:

Heath, A. & Heath, R. (2009). Field Guide to the Plants of Northern Botswana including the Okavango Delta Kew Publishing Page 390. (Includes a picture).

Plowes, D.C.H. & Drummond, R.B. (1990). Wild Flowers of Zimbabwe. Revised edition. Longman, Zimbabwe. No. 23, plate 42


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Flora of Botswana: Lapeirousia odoratissima
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African Plant Database: Lapeirousia odoratissima
Biodiversity Explorer (Biodiversity of southern Africa): Lapeirousia odoratissima
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Lapeirousia odoratissima
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Lapeirousia odoratissima
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Lapeirousia odoratissima
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Lapeirousia odoratissima
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Lapeirousia odoratissima
Ispot Southern Africa : Lapeirousia odoratissima
JSTOR Plant Science: Lapeirousia odoratissima
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Lapeirousia odoratissima
Kew Monocotyledon checklist: Lapeirousia odoratissima
Tropicos: Lapeirousia odoratissima
West African Plants database: Lapeirousia odoratissima


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 odoratissima.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=116060, retrieved 31 August 2016

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