Drimia elata Jacq. ex Willd.

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Drimia elata

Photo: Michelle Harvey-Hyde
Connemara Lake, World's View, Nyanga

Drimia elata

Photo: Michelle Harvey-Hyde
Connemara Lake, World's View, Nyanga

Drimia elata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Chinyakwaremba, Vumba

Drimia elata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Haka Game Park

Drimia elata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Haka Game Park

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Synonyms: Drimia zombensis Baker
Common names: Satin squill (English)
Status: Native
Perennial bulbous herb, up to 1.2 m, with overlapping reddish scales on the bulb. Leaves appearing after flowering. Inflorescence an erect terminal raceme. Flowers whitish to purple-brown, subtended by whitish bracts with a small spur near the base.
Derivation of specific name: elata: tall, high
Habitat: In grassland, often among rocks.
Altitude range: (metres)
Flowering time:Sep - Jan
Worldwide distribution:
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
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Images last updated: Monday 28 September 2015

Baumann, G. (2005). Photographic Guide to Wildflowers of Malawi Wildlife and Environmental Society of Malawi Pages 198 - 199. as Drimia zombensis (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. (Includes a picture).

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.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 122.

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


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EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Drimia elata
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Flora Zambesiaca web site: Drimia elata
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network): Drimia elata
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Drimia elata
Ispot Southern Africa: Drimia elata
JSTOR Plant Science: Drimia elata
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Drimia elata
Kew Monocotyledon checklist: Drimia elata
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Drimia elata
The Plant List (version 1.1): Drimia elata
Tropicos: Drimia elata

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: Drimia elata.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=114310, retrieved 18 February 2018

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