Eriospermum cecilii Baker

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Common names:
Frequency: Local
Status: Native
Small perennial herb, up yo 15 cm high growing from tubers. Leaves 1-2, erect, narrowly elliptic to lanceolate. up to 50 mm long, hairless. Inflorescence 8-16-flowered, 45 mm long on a peduncle up to 8 cm long. Bracts boatshaped, 1.5-2 mm long. Pedicels spreading-erect, up to 2 cm long. Flowers bell-shaped, yellow.
Notes: Although this species was originally listed as a Near-endemic occurring both in the Nyanga and Chimanimani areas (Mapaura in Kirkia 18-1, 2002) and Mapaura & Timberlake in Sabonet Report 14, 2002) no cited records from the Chimanimani Mts have been found. Perry in Flora Zambesiaca 13-2, 2010, regards it as an endemic in the Nyanga Mts.
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: Among wet rocks in open grassland.
Altitude range: (metres) 1800 - 2300 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Apparently restricted to the Nyanga area of Zimbabwe (See note).
Zimbabwe distribution: E
Growth form(s):
Endemic status: Endemic
Red data list status: Data deficient
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Golding, J.S. (ed.) (2002). Zimbabwe Plant Red Data List. Southern African Plant Red Data Lists. SABONET 14 Page 179.

Mapaura, A. (2002). Endemic Plant Species of Zimbabwe. Kirkia 18(1) Page 128.

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 90.

Perry, P.L. (2010). Eriospermaceae Flora Zambesiaca 13(2) Page 5.

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Eriospermum cecilii
African Plant Database: Eriospermum cecilii
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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Eriospermum cecilii., retrieved 20 May 2024

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