Siphonochilus kirkii - yellow-flowered form

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Siphonochilus kirkii - yellow-flowered form

Photo: Bart Wursten
Nyamuakwarara River, John Meikle Research Station

Siphonochilus kirkii - yellow-flowered form

Photo: Bart Wursten
Nyamuakwarara River, John Meikle Research Station

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Synonyms: Kaempferia decora Druten
Common names: Yellow ginger (English)
Frequency: Locally frequent
Status: Native
Description:
Perennial herb, growing from a short rhizome. Leaves are produced on separate shoots at the time of flowering. The flowers are large and showy, opening in succession along a terminal inflorescence spike. Each flower only lasting for a day.
Notes: This yellow flowered form was long regarded as a separate species under the name Siphonochilus decorus (Druten) B.L. Burtt. It is now considered mere colourform of Siphonochilus kirkii (Hook. f.) B.L. Burtt with S. decorus as a synonym.
Derivation of specific name: decorus: handsome, elegant
Habitat: Low altitude, high rainfall areas along the eastern border.
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 900 m
Flowering time:Nov - Jan
Worldwide distribution: Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe distribution: E
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Endemic status:
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Insects associated with this species: Physcaeneura pione (Food plant)
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Images last updated: Sunday 16 October 2011
Literature:

Plowes, D.C.H. & Drummond, R.B. (1990). Wild Flowers of Zimbabwe. Revised edition. Longman, Zimbabwe. No. 26, plate 45


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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 kirkii - yellow-flowered form.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=116170, retrieved 25 September 2016

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