Litanthus pusillus Harv.

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Litanthus pusillus

Photo: Ken Worsley
Bunga Views, Vumba

Litanthus pusillus

Photo: Ken Worsley
Bunga Views, Vumba

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Synonyms: Drimia uniflora J.C. Manning & Goldblatt
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Status: Native
Plant to 7 cm tall. Bulb very small, 10 mm long × 8 mm wide. Leaves 1-3, rolled, glabrous, up to 10 × 0.4 cm. Peduncle terete, with a 1(-2)-flowered raceme. Perianth 4-5 mm long, whitish, membranous. Capsule 3-angled.
Notes: Appears to be a first record for the Eastern Division of Zimbabwe.
Derivation of specific name: pusillus: insignificant, small, weak
Habitat: On shallow soils, on cliff surfaces, rocky ground and pan floors, usually on sandy soils.
Altitude range: (metres) 1000 - 1650 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Zimbabwe, Botswana(?), Eswatini, Lesotho and South Africa.
Zimbabwe distribution: W,E,S
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Manning, J.C., Deacon, J. & Goldblatt, P. (2013). A review of the Litanthus group of Drimia Jacq. (Hyacinthaceae: Urgineoideae) with the description of a second species, Drimia stenocarpa, from Western Cape) South African Journal of Botany 90 Pages 97 - 99. as Drimia uniflora (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.

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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: Litanthus pusillus., retrieved 12 June 2024

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