Cryptostephanus vansonii I. Verd.

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Cryptostephanus vansonii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Bunga Forest, Vumba

Cryptostephanus vansonii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Bunga Forest, Vumba

Cryptostephanus vansonii

Photo: Ryan Truscott
Top of the Zhowe Range, Vumba

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Common names:
Frequency: Local
Status: Native
Perennial herb growing from a short rhizome with fleshy roots. Leaves strap-shaped, up to 53 cm long and c. 2.5 cm wide. Flowering stem up to 27 cm long, flattened with sharply edged narrow wings. Inflorescence up to 40-flowered. Flowers white, often pink-tinged; perianth segments, up to 1.5 cm long. Fruit a subglobose red berry, c. 4 mm wide.
Notes: This uncommon relative of the well-known Clivia miniata is probably most commonly encountered in the Vumba Mts.
Derivation of specific name: vansonii: named after Mr. Van Son, who first flowered a collected specimen in his Pretoria garden, before it had been described.
Habitat: In forests, where it grows on rocks and in leaflitter on the forest floor.
Altitude range: (metres) 1600 - 2000 m
Flowering time:Oct - Nov
Worldwide distribution: Border mountains of Zimbabwe and Mozambique but also on Mt Gorongosa and Mt Mabu.
Zimbabwe distribution: E
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Endemic status: Near Endemic
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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 84.

Wursten, B., Timberlake, J. & Darbyshire, I. (2017). The Chimanimani Mountains: an updated checklist. Kirkia 19(1) Page 80.

Zimudzi, C., Archer, R.H., Kwembeya, E.G. & Nordal, I. (2008). Amaryllidacae Flora Zambesiaca 13(1) Pages 101 - 102. (Includes a picture).

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Kew Herbarium catalogue: Cryptostephanus vansonii
Kew Monocotyledon checklist: Cryptostephanus vansonii
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Cryptostephanus vansonii
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Wikipedia: Cryptostephanus vansonii

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: Cryptostephanus vansonii., retrieved 23 September 2019

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