Siphonochilus aethiopicus (Schweinf.) B.L. Burtt

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Siphonochilus aethiopicus

Photo: Darrel Plowes
Base of the Burma Valley Pass

Siphonochilus aethiopicus

Photo: Bart Wursten
By road to Mutawatawa on other side of Mazowe River from Hippo Pools, Maramba CL

Siphonochilus aethiopicus

Photo: Bart Wursten
By road to Mutawatawa on other side of Mazowe River from Hippo Pools, Maramba CL

Siphonochilus aethiopicus

Photo: Bart Wursten
By road to Mutawatawa on other side of Mazowe River from Hippo Pools, Maramba CL

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Synonyms: Kaempferia aethiopica (Schweinf.) Benth.
Kaempferia evae Briq.
Siphonochilus evae (Briq.) B.L.Burtt
Common names: Mauve ginger (English)
Frequency: Locally frequent
Status: Native
Description:
Perennial herb Flowers large and showy, produced in successive pairs at ground level, before the leaves appear.Often flowering after fires, when the large mauve flowers make a short but spectacular display on the bare ground.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: aethiopicus: of Ethiopia, a historic name for large parts of Africa
Habitat: In deciduous woodland and wooded grassland in high rainfall areas along the eastern border as well as in the Zambezi Valley.
Altitude range: (metres) 350 - 900 m
Flowering time:Nov - Jan
Worldwide distribution: Senegal and Ethiopia to Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe and KwaZulu-Natal.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,C,E
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
Insects associated with this species: Physcaeneura pione (Food plant)
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Images last updated: Saturday 27 February 2016
Literature:

Baumann, G. (2005). Photographic Guide to Wildflowers of Malawi Wildlife and Environmental Society of Malawi Pages 240 - 241. (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 368. (Includes a picture).

Lock, J.M. (2010). Zingiberaceae Flora Zambesiaca 13(4) Pages 129 - 130.

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

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

Plowes, D.C.H. & Drummond, R.B. (1990). Wild Flowers of Zimbabwe. Revised edition. Longman, Zimbabwe. No. 27, plate 46


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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: Siphonochilus aethiopicus.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=116150, retrieved 25 August 2016

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