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

Albuca kirkii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Cleveland Dam, Harare

Albuca kirkii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Cleveland Dam, Harare

Albuca kirkii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Cleveland Dam, Harare

Albuca kirkii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Cleveland Dam, Harare

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Synonyms: Albuca nyikensis Baker
Common names: Snake lily (English)
Frequency: Occasional
Status: Native
Description:
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.
Notes:
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: Sunday 13 October 2019
Literature:

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

Moriarty, A. (1975). Wild Flowers of Malawi Purnell & sons Cape Town. Pages 0 - 21. As Albuca nyikensis (Includes a picture).

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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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.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=114190, retrieved 17 October 2019

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