Kniphofia linearifolia Baker

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Kniphofia linearifolia

Photo: Bart Wursten
Summit, Chinyakwaremba, Vumba

Kniphofia linearifolia

Photo: Bart Wursten
Summit, Chinyakwaremba, Vumba

Kniphofia linearifolia

Photo: Bart Wursten
Nr dam wall, Cleveland Dam

Kniphofia linearifolia

Photo: Bart Wursten
Nr dam wall, Cleveland Dam

Kniphofia linearifolia

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near World's View, Nyanga

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Synonyms: Kniphofia rhodesiana Rendle
Common names: Common red hot poker (English) Mumhandwe (Shona)
Frequency: Locally common
Status: Native
Robust clump-forming perennial herb, up to 1.5 m. Leaves linear, strongly keeled. Inflorescence a dense terminal raceme. Flowers orange-red in bud, turning yellow when open.
Derivation of specific name: linearifolia: with linear leaves
Habitat: In vleis and on hill sides of damp grass and bracken
Altitude range: (metres) 1470 - 2000 m
Flowering time:Feb - Apr
Worldwide distribution: Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe and South Africa.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,C,E,S
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Images last updated: Saturday 8 August 2015

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 292. (Includes a picture).

Kativu, S. (1996). Asphodelaceae of the Flora Zambesiaca area Kirkia 16(1) Pages 33 - 34.

Kativu, S. (2001). Asphodelaceae Flora Zambesiaca 12(3) Pages 31 - 32.

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 86.

Plowes, D.C.H. & Drummond, R.B. (1990). Wild Flowers of Zimbabwe. Revised edition. Longman, Zimbabwe. No. 5, plate 17 & 18


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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Kniphofia linearifolia
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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-18

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2018). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Kniphofia linearifolia., retrieved 21 February 2018

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