Merwilla lazulina (Wild) Speta

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Merwilla lazulina

Photo: Ton Rulkens
Northern tail of the Chimanimani Mts.

Merwilla lazulina

Photo: Ton Rulkens
Northern tail of the Chimanimani Mts.

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Synonyms: Scilla lazulina Wild
Scilla natalensis Planch.
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Status: Native
Perennial herb, up to 40 cm high, growing from a narrowly ovoid bulb, up to 7 cm in diameter. Leaves lanceolate, up to 15 cm long, hairless, green often purplish near base. Inflorescence a lax many-flowered raceme, 3–15 cm long. Pedicels 4–10 mm long, spreading to erect; bracts filiform, 4–8 mm long. Perianth segments oblong, 4–6 mm long, spreading to reflexed, blue. Ovary and filaments often white. Capsule c.5 mm long.
Notes: Although recorded from non-montane habitat in Division C according to Mapaura and Timberlake (2004), this is probably an error.
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: Montane grassland and rocky areas on shallow soils.
Altitude range: (metres) 1000 - 2300 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe distribution: E
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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. as Scilla lazulina

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 Scilla lazulina

Wild, H. (1964). New and interesting species Kirkia 4 Pages 163 - 164.


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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: Merwilla lazulina., retrieved 18 February 2018

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