Albuca kirkii (Baker) Brenan

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Albuca kirkii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Cleveland Dam, Harare

Albuca kirkii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Cleveland Dam, Harare

Albuca kirkii

Photo: Mark Hyde
Near Great Enclosure, Great Zimbabwe

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Synonyms: Albuca nyikensis Baker
Common names: Snake lily (English)
Frequency: Occasional
Status: Native
Slender to robust bulbous perennial with the stem usually erect, sometimes decumbent. Leaves filiform to lanceolate, usually hairless, occasionally hairy, often greyish-green. Inflorescence a more or less lax raceme with few-many flowers; pedicels erect or ascending, more than 1.5 cm long; bracts lanceolate to ovate. Flowers one-sided, facing upwards, in decumbent specimens, sometimes appearing before the leaves, white to greenish yellow with a broad green dorsal band on perianth segments. Capsule ovoid.
Derivation of specific name: kirkii: named after Dr John Kirk, who accompanied David Livingstone on his Zambezi expedition of 1858
Habitat: Grassland and woodland.
Altitude range: (metres) 1200 - 1800 m
Flowering time:Aug - Oct
Worldwide distribution: Angola, DRC, Uganda, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Botswana.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
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Images last updated: Saturday 31 December 2005

Baumann, G. (2005). Photographic Guide to Wildflowers of Malawi Wildlife and Environmental Society of Malawi Pages 196 - 197. As Albuca nyikensis but note that the image and the description are both in error and refer to a species of Ornithogalumou (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 307.

Da Silva, M.C., Izidine, S. & Amude, A.B. (2004). A preliminary checklist of the vascular plants of Mozambique. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 30 Sabonet, Pretoria Page 126.

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 91. Also as A. nyikensis

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 114.

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 108.

Wursten, B., Timberlake, J. & Darbyshire, I. (2017). The Chimanimani Mountains: an updated checklist. Kirkia 19(1) Page 81.

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Albuca kirkii
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Kew Herbarium catalogue: Albuca kirkii
Kew Monocotyledon checklist: Albuca kirkii
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Albuca kirkii
The Plant List (version 1.1): Albuca kirkii
Tropicos: Albuca kirkii

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-19

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2019). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Albuca kirkii., retrieved 20 July 2019

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