Moraea schimperi (Hochst.) Pic.Serm.

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Moraea schimperi

Photo: Rob Jarvis
Mt Mulanje.

Moraea schimperi

Photo: Rob Jarvis
Mt Mulanje.

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Synonyms: Hymenostigma schimperi Hochst.
Moraea zambeziaca Baker
Common names:
Status: Native
Perennial herb, 20-50 cm tall, growing from corms, usually solitary but sometimes in clumps. Leaf single, linear, 9-15 mm wide, channelled below, shorter than the stem at flowering time, much longer later. Stem unbranched. Flowers blue-purple with yellow nectar guides. Outer tepals lanceolate, 4-6.5 cm long, spreading to slightly reflexed. Inner tepals lanceolate, 3.5-4.5 cm long, erect.
Derivation of specific name: schimperi: named after Wilhelm Schimper, explorer and collector, particularly in Ethiopia.
Habitat: In grassland, vleis and marshy places.
Altitude range: (metres)
Flowering time:Oct - Dec
Worldwide distribution: Angola, Nigeria, Cameroun, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe distribution: C,E
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
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Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 111.

Wursten, B., Timberlake, J. & Darbyshire, I. (2017). The Chimanimani Mountains: an updated checklist. Kirkia 19(1) Page 83.

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Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Moraea schimperi
Flora of Malawi: Moraea schimperi
Flora of Mozambique: Moraea schimperi
Flora of Zambia: Moraea schimperi

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Moraea schimperi
African Plant Database: Moraea schimperi
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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Moraea schimperi
Plants of the World Online: Moraea schimperi
Tropicos: Moraea schimperi
Wikipedia: Moraea schimperi

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: Moraea schimperi., retrieved 4 March 2024

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