Ammocharis coranica (Ker Gawl.) Herb.

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Ammocharis coranica

Photo: Darrel Plowes
Radisele, S of Palapye

Ammocharis coranica

Photo: Darrel Plowes
Macks Pass, Ingwaruma

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Common names:
Status: Native
Perennial herb, growing from a large underground bulb. Leaves in a basal rosette, often with a "cut-off" look, due to grazing by wildlife or cattle. Flowers in a large terminal umbel, pink to carmine.
Notes: Similar to Ammocharis tinneana, which is more widespread in Zimbabwe. It can be distinguished by the broader, more compact perianth lobes the longer flower stalks, which are normally as long as, or longer than the the corolla tubes. This gives a more compact and dense impression to the inflorescence.
Derivation of specific name: coranica: of the Koranna area, an early name for the northern Cape and Botswana.
Habitat: A species of silty and alluvial soils in Acacia or Mopane woodland.
Altitude range: (metres)
Flowering time:Oct - Dec
Worldwide distribution: Botswana, Zimbabwe and South Africa.
Zimbabwe distribution: W,S
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Endemic status:
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Insects associated with this species: Brachycerus ornatus (Foodplant)
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Images last updated: Thursday 31 August 2006

Kirby, G. (2013). Wild Flowers of Southeast Botswana Struik Nature, Cape Town South Africa Page 236. (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 84.

Plowes, D.C.H. & Drummond, R.B. (1990). Wild Flowers of Zimbabwe. Revised edition. Longman, Zimbabwe. No. 6, plate 19

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 112.

Zimudzi, C., Archer, R.H., Kwembeya, E.G. & Nordal, I. (2008). Amaryllidacae Flora Zambesiaca 13(1) Page 132.

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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: Ammocharis coranica., retrieved 18 April 2024

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